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How many distinct colors would tetrachromatic birds have?

As many as they need. Other answers have pointed out that the number of "basic" colours are very much cultural. The reason for this is that people have had different needs. If someone don'...
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How many distinct colors would tetrachromatic birds have?

It isn't clear, is it? The Munsell colour atlas has 330 colours. These are not individually named colours, though they do have a unique code for each. But they are a fair representation of the colours ...
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How many distinct colors would tetrachromatic birds have?

More than us but that is all you can say the exact line between colors are largely cultural, as is how many colors there are. But although the number is cultural the pattern of which colors they have ...
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How many distinct colors would tetrachromatic birds have?

Insufficient data. The number of minimally-distinguishable colors that a creature can distinguish is totally separate from the dimensionality of their color space. Humans can distinguish tens of ...
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How many distinct colors would tetrachromatic birds have?

Artists (as opposed to physicists), tend to describe three primary colours red, yellow, and blue. Equal mixtures of these produce three secondary colours - orange (RY), green (YB), and purple (BR). ...
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Do language-builders construct a system for new words?

When world builders are building a fictional language, do they typically create a mass of words in order for it to be useable No. Creating enough words for a new constructed language to be generally ...
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Do language-builders construct a system for new words?

Tolkien is arguably a very special case. He was a professional philologist (person who studies language in historical sources) who specialized in ancient Germanic languages, and actually created what ...
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Do language-builders construct a system for new words?

It depends. Zamenhof generated Esperanto by importing words from the most common European languages. Tolkien was a language scientist, he actually generated language like an art: he tuned both grammar ...
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Do language-builders construct a system for new words?

When you construct a language, you do it for a reason. Perhaps for the fun of it, perhaps for use in a game, perhaps for use in a book. This reason influences what happens: Do you want your readers/...
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