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Language and Meaning Chapter 2 PHIL 102 • CSU, Chico
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Connotation and Denotation The distinction between connotation and denotation is commonly associated with the philosopher John Stuart Mill, though it is much older. It is intended to reflect the different ways in which a common name may be significant.
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Connotation The connotation of a word is the attribute or attributes implied by the word. For example, the word "city" connotes the attributes of largeness, populousness.
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Denotation The denotation of a word refers to any object to which the name applies. For example, the word "city” denotes
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Unformatted text preview: individual objects or things such as London, New York, Paris. Linguistics There is a related distinction in linguistics between the objective meaning or denotation of a word such as "vulgar", and the positive or negative association or connotation we attach to such a word. "Vulgar" derives from the Latin word for "common" and literally means ubiquitous, found everywhere, and was its original meaning. The word has now acquired the negative connotation of "gross" or "crudely obscene". The process of acquiring a negative connotation is known as perjoration ....
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