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denotation and connotation

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Two interrelated orders of meaning operating simultaneously in a single cultural object: the first order, denotation, functions to state ‘what is’; the second order, connotation, functions ...

denotation and connotation

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Sybil Wolfram

The Oxford Companion to Philosophy (2 ed.)

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2005
Subject:
Philosophy
Length:
110 words

... and connotation . A distinction introduced by J. S. Mill . The denotation of a term, e.g. ‘woman’, is all the individuals to which it correctly applies, e.g. Mrs Smith , Prince Charles , etc. The connotation of the term consists in the attributes by which it is defined, e.g. being human, adult, female. A term's connotation determines its denotation. In Mill connotation is taken to be meaning. Terms like proper names, e.g. ‘Charles’, which have denotation, since there is someone so called, but no connotation, since no attributes define ‘Charles’, are...

connotation and denotation

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Dictionary of the Social Sciences

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Current Version:
2002
Subject:
Social sciences
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46 words

... and denotation A distinction between primary and secondary meanings that became important in structural linguistics and literary criticism in the 1920s and 1930s. Denotation refers to the literal or given meaning of a word; connotation to the secondary meanings or associations the word also...

Connotation and denotation

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The Oxford Companion to the High Court of Australia

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Current Version:
2007
Subject:
Law
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1,080 words

...control should be the deciding factor, and that this should be articulated. On another view, represented by Jeff Goldsworthy , the Court's usage of ‘connotationanddenotation’ reflects similar distinctions that continue to be drawn in the philosophy of language, such as intension and extension, and sense and reference. It is hard to accept that the distinction between connotation and denotation is untenable simply because its application fails to solve borderline cases. Even the clearest of terms, such as ‘man’ and ‘woman’, can have doubtful applications,...

denotation and connotation

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Encyclopedia of Semiotics

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Current Version:
2007
Subject:
Language reference, Linguistics
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2,140 words

...Contrary to both of the latter, denotational language is a language, none of which's planes form another language. Thus, denotation is a relation that serves to connect the expression and the content of a sign, whereas connotation and metalanguage both relate two separate signs, each with its own expression and content. Hjelmslev gives various examples of connotations such as different styles, genres, dialects, national languages, and voices. In a telling example, he suggests that while he is speaking Danish and denoting different contents, he is...

Connotation and Denotation

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T. Furniss

The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics (4 ed.)

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2017
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Literature, Literary studies - poetry and poets
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1,581 words

... and Denotation . The distinction between denotation and connotation was important in lit. crit. and theory from the 1930s to the 1970s. The denotation of a word or phrase is its literal or obvious meaning or reference as specified in a dictionary; the connotations of a word or phrase are the secondary or associated significances that it commonly suggests or implies. This distinction is complicated in practice because many words have more than one denotation and because dictionaries sometimes include definitions of a word based on connotation...

denotation and connotation

denotation and connotation  

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Two interrelated orders of meaning operating simultaneously in a single cultural object: the first order, denotation, functions to state ‘what is’; the second order, connotation, functions ...
denotation

denotation  

1 The explicit dictionary meaning of a word or expression, with reference to the entity or thing that the word designates. This meaning should be carefully distinguished from sense 2. See also ...
instrumental communication

instrumental communication  

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Communication in which the primary goal is to ‘transmit’ an intended meaning (informational and/or persuasive) accurately and effectively, and in which communication is merely a means to an end. The ...
connotation

connotation  

See also surplus meaning; compare denotation1. In linguistics and literary theory, a ‘secondary’ (often emotional) meaning (or a range of associations) evoked by a word beyond its explicit denotation ...
literal language

literal language  

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Verbal expressions which mean, or are at least intended to mean, ‘what they say’, and which are purely denotative, in contrast to figurative language. This common-sense notion faces objections that ...
implicit meaning

implicit meaning  

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The import of a message: a meaning implied but not directly stated; connoted rather than denoted (see also connotation; denotation). Such meanings must be inferred by the reader or listener, often by ...
informational communication

informational communication  

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*Messages in which the primary content is referential (see also content message; referentiality). Referential language functions primarily to record or communicate information. For example, the ...
orders of signification

orders of signification  

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(semiotics) Barthes' term for structural levels of signification, meaning, or representation in semiotic systems. He adopted the notion from Hjelmslev. The first order of signification is that of ...
comprehension

comprehension  

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1. Broadly, the mental processes involved in making sense of any communication.2. (literal comprehension) Ascribing plausible meanings to message elements and understanding their denotation. See also ...
Recherches structurales 1949

Recherches structurales 1949  

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(1949).A landmark collection of twenty‐four articles in English and French, representing different fields of structural linguistics, Recherches structurales 1949: Interventions dans le débat ...
ideological codes

ideological codes  

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(semiotics) Interpretive frameworks for making sense of texts and the world from the shared perspective of a particular epistemic or interpretive community. The most obvious ideological codes are the ...
emotional realism

emotional realism  

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A representational quality in a narrative that is felt to be ‘true-to-life’ by audiences in terms of the enactment of recognizable subjective experiences. The cultural theorist Ien Ang (b.1954) ...
expressive communication

expressive communication  

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Any communication in which the primary function is to express or arouse emotion (respectively sender-oriented or receiver-oriented modes), or in which the mode of expression (e.g. textual form) is ...
poetic function

poetic function  

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In Jakobson's model of linguistic communication, a key linguistic or communicative function which foregrounds textual features. Within his model, this function is oriented towards the message or ...
intension

intension  

The sum of properties by which the referent or referents of a given word or expression are determined, including both defining and non-defining properties; thus, having interior angles equal to 180 ...

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