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To: David Kellogg denicaragua.info>; Subject: Re: [xmca] From: Mike Cole ; Date: Sat, 20 Jun - a) The absolute distinction between denotation and connotation (this comes > art that both is itself and is an example of itself or a > translation > of itself. Connotation and Denotation are two principal methods of describing the meanings of words. meaning, and give an example of a word (such as "chicken "). Denotation is the definition of a word. For example, a cat is a furry animal with four legs and a tail. The connotation is what you think of when.
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Here is an example for you. Connotation of a Word Back to Top To connote is to suggest a feeling or an idea in addition to literal meaning. Connotative meaning refers to the associations, images, and feelings that a word calls to mind in addition to its dictionary meaning. The connotation of a word emphasizes certain characteristics or specific information, or it reveals implied or hidden attitudes.
Look at this example. Olivia was born deaf and dumb. When the police questioned Carter, he acted dumb. The detective found greasy fingerprints across the lens. Our neighbor Parker is a greasy person. Connotation vs Denotation Back to Top Two or more words may have similar denotation, but their connotations may be quite different, depending on their use in context. For example, the words curious, inquisitive, nosy, and snoopy all have the same denotation: However, we would probably want to be referred to as curious or inquisitive.
But the words nosy and snoopy convey a negative connotation: To use any word effectively and convey exactly what you want to, you should be aware of the connotative power of words. Look at these examples. Gregory greeted us with a smile. Gregory welcomed us with open arms. Gregory accosted a man in the street. The denotations of greet, welcome, accost are similar, but do all the three verbs suggest the same connotation?
However, welcome has a positive connotation because it shows enthusiasm.
Example of denotation?
A group had gathered at the theater this morning. A mob had gathered at the theater this morning. Collins lives alone and often feels lonely. Mark is a reclusive billionaire. Lonely and reclusive both denote a lack of companions or companionship. However, reclusive is usually used in a negative sense to indicate a person who lives alone and likes to avoid other people. Sentence Using Connotation Back to Top Every word has both a denotative and connotative meaning, but the connotative meaning of a word varies depending on the context in which the word is used.
Some words may seem to be interchangeable because they have the same definitions, but in fact they are differentiated by subtle shades of meaning or connotations.
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My point was that this abstract "essence" is expressed in English by the plural form. That's why our elementary school book has the sentence "I like apples". But most non Standard Average European languages do not express concepts in this way at all. Chinese, for example, uses the bare form of the noun, and so does Korean. Arabic expresses many concepts using the feminine singular ending ta marbutaso that the feminine singular has now become a generalized way of expressing the plural of inanimate objects.
When I studied Arabic in the early eighties, we Westerners rather ignorantly thought this was a comment on the nature of the feminine.
It was, correctly seen, only a comment on the arbitrariness and the inconsistency with which languages like English and Arabic employ morphological forms to express semantic meaning independent of pragmatic use.
It's an example of the way in which ALL language overestimate the similarity between object.
In the same way, we grossly overestimate the similarity between utterances. That's how we get word meanings. Using language to talk about language is notoriously hard--I notice this on a daily basis because I work with transcripts of teacher talk. But it's not simply because we are "using a bamboo brush to paint the bamboo", or because we can't see the bamboo forest for the trees.
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It's also because our concept of "language" is based on an abstract system rather than a real, material experience. It's based on an abstract vision of interchangeable parts rather than a living experience of interdependent neighborhoods.
But when we use language to actually talk, even when we are only talking about language, that's not what it is at all. When we started painting and exhibiting in China in the early nineties, our first exhibition was on houses and cities and their general lack of relationship to human needs. We called it "The City is a Shiny Box" well, it sounds a lot better in Chinese, but the topic was still too abstract and needed to be made concrete.
I did a large painting of a street near our studio full of open manholes because criminals were stealing the manhole covers and selling them for scrap. Every hole was unique; only the missing manhole covers were identical and interchangeable. It was the only painting I ever sold at a profit, but I still miss it.