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  Connotation - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
It is often useful to avoid words with strong connotations (especially disparaging ones) when striving to achieve a neutral point of view.
Connotation is often contrasted with denotation, which is more or less synonymous with extension.
Alternatively, the connotation of the word may be thought of as the set of all its possible referents (as opposed to merely the actual ones).
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Connotation   (396 words)

 Connotation (semiotics) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
In semiotics, connotation arises when the denotative relationship between a signifier and its signified is inadequate to serve the needs of the community.
Connotative meanings are developed by the community and do not represent the inherent qualities of the thing or concept originally signified as the denotational meaning.
Hence, the meanings as to health or illness are selected from the connotational framework which the interpreter has constructed through training and experience given that each possible state of well-being is represented by a cluster of symbolic attributes, one of which is the patient's temperature.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Connotation_(semiotics)   (619 words)

 Semiotics for Beginners: Denotation, Connotation and Myth
Connotation, in short, produces the illusion of denotation, the illusion of language as transparent and of the signifier and the signified as being identical.
Connotation is a second-order of signification which uses the denotative sign (signifier and signified) as its signifier and attaches to it an additional signified.
Connotation is not a purely paradigmatic dimension, as Saussure's characterization of the paradigmatic dimension as 'associative' might suggest.
www.aber.ac.uk /media/Documents/S4B/sem06.html   (3110 words)

In semiotics, denotation and connotation are terms describing the relationship between the signifier and its signified, and an analytic distinction is made between two types of signifieds: a denotative signified and a connotative signified.
The distinction between connotation and denotation is commonly associated with the philosopher John Stuart Mill, though it is much older.
It should not to be confused (though it often is) with the distinction between sense and reference, though it has some affinity with his distinction between concept and object.
www.jahsonic.com /Connotation.html   (729 words)

 virtuaLit: Denotation and Connotation in “The Fish”
Connotation in “The Fish” is subtle, but it should not be overlooked as a primary contributor to the poem’s overall effect.
Despite the simplicity of the denotative meaning of “The Fish,” words with multiple connotations lend texture to the poem and contribute to its overall effect.
This connotation of the word helps to explain the speaker’s ultimate response to the fish.
bcs.bedfordstmartins.com /virtualit/poetry/fish_exercises/fish_denoteconnote_ex.html   (305 words)

 Word Knowledge > Understanding Denotation and Connotation   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
For a writer to express herself precisely, she must understand both the denotations and connotations of words, and use that understanding to convey to the reader her exact intent.
The connotation of a word goes beyond its strict meaning to express the feelings, thoughts, and images the word suggests or evokes.
Some connotations are personal, deriving from one's particular experiences, whereas others carry emotional overtones by virtue of the way the writer presents the word.
www.quepublishing.com /articles/article.asp?p=350774&seqNum=4   (901 words)

In the case of the logical distinction, the connotation is identical with the content, or with a particular feature analysis of the content, and the denotation is another name for the referent, or for the relation connecting the content to the referent or, in some conceptions, starting out directly from the expression.
Indeed, four-letter words certainly connote their being "four-letter words", but this effect is produced quite independently of the reactions of the auditory, and of the degree of emotion with which the words are used.
Thus it can be demonstrated, for instance, that Hjelmslev (1943: 103) distinguished connotations stemming from the form of denotational language, in which the units of connotation and denotation are identical, and those derived from its substance, where the matter serving as the vehicle of the two signs is differently segmented.
www.arthist.lu.se /kultsem/encyclo/denotation_connotation.html   (1934 words)

 virtuaLit: Elements of Poetry
The connotative meaning of a word is based on implication, or shared emotional association with a word.
Innocent and genuine both denote an absence of corruption, but the connotations of the two words are different: innocent is often associated with a lack of experience, whereas genuine is not.
Connotations are important in poetry because poets use them to further develop or complicate a poem's meaning.
bcs.bedfordstmartins.com /virtualit/poetry/denotate_def.html   (148 words)

 ReadWriteThink: Lesson Plan: Connotation, Character, and Color Imagery in The Great Gatsby
During pre-reading activities, students explore the concepts of connotation and denotation and the cultural connotations of colors.
Connotations and Denotations, from the University of Ottawa
Demonstrate the Exploring Cultural Connotations of Color Travelogue, which asks students to visit four Web sites and gather details on the associations and connotations for their group’s color.
www.readwritethink.org /lessons/lesson_view.asp?id=831   (3068 words)

Connotation is what allows great depths and subtleties of meaning to be expressed in the few words that a song or poem permits.
If we tried to express the ideas literally rather than through connotation, the result would probably be some horribly cumbersome line like 'She's leaving the house where she grew up with her parents' — and even this would still leave out some of the associations of 'home'.
Connotation really comes into its own, however, when words are used non-literally, to create figures of speech — such as 'the icing on the cake'.
www.soundonsound.com /sos/mar01/articles/lyric.asp   (4161 words)

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Connotations are thought to color what a word "really means" with emotion or value judgments.
For example, a stubborn person may be described as being either strong-willed or pig-headed.
Note that not all theories of linguistic meaning honor the distinction between literal meaning and connotations.
wikiwhat.com /encyclopedia/c/co/connotation.html   (210 words)

 How Words Work:4
Connotation The connotations a word acquires are perhaps the most changeable aspects of meaning.
But connotation is that aspect of meaning which carries judgement, feeling or opinion, and as public attitudes changes or are moulded by commercial, political or other influences, so words acquire new connotations implying certain attitudes or emotions on the part of the user.
Connotation is thus a somewhat slippery aspect of meaning and one which teachers may find difficult to explain.
www.suite101.com /article.cfm/tesol/24834   (405 words)

 Exploring Language: Words and Meaning [English Online]
The denotation of the noun pig is a non-ruminant omnivorous ungulate.
Those whose profession it is to persuade us, such as advertisers, politicians, preachers, and orators, need to be sensitive to the connotations of the words they use.
One way of testing the connotative meaning of words is to ask speakers to rank them on a scale of different qualities.
english.unitecnology.ac.nz /resources/resources/exp_lang/words_meanings.html   (402 words)

CONNOTATION: FOR, EVEN SO …if there are readerly texts, committed to the closure system of the West…devoted to thelaw of the Signified, they must have…meaning …based on connotation.
Connotation is the way into the polysemy of the classic text….(it is not certain that there are connotations in the modern text).
…we must not confuse connotation with association of ideas…connotation is a correlation immanent in the text…text-as-subject within its own system.
phoenixandturtle.net /excerptmill/Barthes2.htm   (803 words)

 [No title]   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
CONNOTATION The most important thing to consider when choosing your words is the meaning you wish to convey.
In choosing the exact word, however, you must consider the connotation of the words.
CONNOTATION concerns all the suggestive or associative implications attached to a given word.
www.washburn.edu /services/zzcwwctr/connotation.txt   (399 words)

 Connotation   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
"Topically, connotations are meanings which are neither in the dictionary nor in the grammar of the language in which a text is written.
"Analytically, connotation is determined by two spaces: a sequential space, a series of orders, a space subject to the successivity of sentences, in which meaning proliferates by layering; and an agglomerative space, certain areas of the text correlating other meanings ourside the material text and, with them, forming "nebulae" of signifieds."
He astutely observes that connotation explodes the word into kaleidoscopic shards of differentiated meanings, leaving it open to interpretation in numerous capacities.
www.cyberartsweb.org /cpace/theory/luco/Hypersign/Connotation.html   (299 words)

 Ockham's Connotation Theory and Ontological Elimination
In connection with the connotation theory, a further demarcation among categorematic terms is introduced: there are absolute terms (e.g., "man"), terms of categories of substance and quality, corresponding to natural kind terms in modem terminology; and there are connotative terms (e.g., "white"), terms of categories of quantity, relation, action, passion, when, where, position, and habit.
To recapitulate, in the foregoing I have offered an interpretation of Ockham's connotation theory that accommodate three things: the synonymy thesis that a connotative term has a semantically equivalent, fully expanded nominal definition; the minimal-language requirement that there is no mental synonym; and Panaccio's observation that there are simple connotative terms.
In general, the theory of "exponibles" is a semantical theory of propositions, while the connotation theory a theory of terms.
www.fordham.edu /gsas/phil/klima/ZHENG.htm   (4246 words)

 The UVic Writer's Guide: Connotation and Denotation   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
In literary criticism, a word's denotation is its primary or literal significance, whereas connotation is the range of secondary significance which a word commonly suggests.
Of many potential connotations, the particular ones evoked depend upon the context in which words are used.
Specific kinds of language (such as archaisms) also have special connotations, carrying a sense of the context in which those words are usually found.
web.uvic.ca /wguide/Pages/LTConAndDen.html   (105 words)

 The Language of Advertising: Denotation and connotation
A simple sign has a signifier which denotes its signified; at the second level of connotation, this whole sign becomes a signifier for another signified.
At the first level, the advertisement associates the products with Catherine Deneuve, and at the second level, we get the connotations of Catherine Deneuve in the context of beauty products as a signifier: she connotes the classy, chic lifestyle of a mature and sophisticated woman (p.
The styled image is used in advertisements that connote (a woman, typically) getting herself ready to socialize; the free-flowing image connotes freedom in life: freedom from worries about hair, freedom to travel, freedom of expression.
www.stanford.edu /class/linguist34/Unit_03/connotation.htm   (294 words)

 The UVic Writer's Guide: Connotation / Denotation   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Fungus is a scientific term denoting a certain kind of natural growth, but the word also has certain connotations of disease and ugliness.
Connotations can be both positive and negative; for example, lady carries a hint of both elegance and subservience.
The influence of connotative meaning can also change the denotative meaning, one example being the thoroughly transformed word gay.
web.uvic.ca /wguide/Pages/UsConnotation.html   (79 words)

 Denotation & Connotation
Denotation, connotation-- the denotation of both these words is "to signify;" however, there is a major difference between them.
The connotations of the work are the attributes commonly associated with it, the meaning the reader brings to the word.
For instance, "father" denotes one who has begotten; it connotes male sex, prior existence, greater experience, affections, guidance, etc. Another example is the word "ugly" -- it denotes what is unpleasing to our sight; it connotes repellent effect or immunity from the dangers peculiar to beauty.
ol.scc.spokane.edu /jstrever/reading/Fall96/denotation.htm   (438 words)

 Glossary of Literary Terms
Connotations relate not to a word's actual meaning, or denotation, but rather to the ideas or qualities that are implied by that word.
The connotations, however, are the ideas associated with gold, such as greed, luxury, or avarice.
It is the opposite of “connotation” in that it is the “dictionary” meaning of a word, without attached feelings or associations.
www.uncp.edu /home/canada/work/allam/general/glossary.htm   (9849 words)

 Barthes, The Photographic Message (abstract)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Such connotation effects vary with the distance from the words to the text: the closer the words are to the image, the less they seem to connote it; caught up by the iconographic message, so to speak, the verbal message seems to participate in its objectivity (15).
Given that an image can come to carry connotative meaning, Barthes notes that thanks to its code of connotation, the reading of the photograph is therefore always historical (16).
Barthes defines the conditions for an image without connotation: at the level of strictly traumatic images, because trauma is just what suspends language and blocks signification (19).
mh.cla.umn.edu /txtimdb1.html   (455 words)

 ReadWriteThink: Lesson Plan: Avalanche, Aztek, or Bravada? A Connotation Mini-Lesson
In this mini-lesson, students begin with an examination of evocative car names that require students to use their imagination to generate ideas about the cars based on their names.
In designing an activity that encourages students to use language effectively, you need to begin with ideas and elements that are familiar to students.
Once you've defined connotation and you're satisfied that students understand the concept, divide students into small groups of 4 to 5 students each.
www.readwritethink.org /lessons/lesson_view.asp?id=75   (1050 words)

 Connotation articles on Encyclopedia.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
The word is perhaps of Lydian origin and carried with it no connotation of moral censure.
With the growth of the constitutional, democratic form of government, especially at Athens, in the 5th cent.
In his best verse he wrote of love as an inner spirituality or nobility, disassociated from courtly connotations.
www.encyclopedia.com /SearchResults.aspx?Q=Connotation   (467 words)

 Great Paragraphs, 2e   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
The connotation of a word is its emotional meaning.
Words that leave a bad emotional impression have a negative connotation.
In the examples below, identify whether the adjective has a positive or negative connotation by clicking on the correct answer.
college.hmco.com /esl/folse/gp/2e/students/exercises/unit8/activity6-5.html   (62 words)

 Mrs. Dowling's Literature Terms-Connotation/Denotation
Connotation is the emotional and imaginative association surrounding a word.
Although both house and home have the same denotation, or dictionary meaning, home also has many connotations.
Since everyone reacts emotionally to certain words, writers often deliberately select words that they think will influence your reactions and appeal to your emotions.
www.dowlingcentral.com /MrsD/area/literature/Terms/Connotation.html   (474 words)

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