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Synonyms for denotation

Synonyms for denotation

the act of indicating or pointing out by name


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the most direct or specific meaning of a word or expression

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Denotative meaning is the dictionary meaning, and it is universal.
As explained before, mianzi and lian are no more than two Chinese equivalents that bear the same denotative meaning to face.
In this early writing, then, Fish privileges a belief in determinate intention, since he needs to supplant the denotative meaning of the text with a direct qualifier written by the author (he seems to abandon this belief in his more recent writings).
The denotative meaning assigned to each ambiguous word is understood, but more interpretations present themselves.
A denotative meaning depended on empirical verification by observing phenomena or lyrically "things that go bump in the dark.
Denotative meanings are the standard definitions that are etic in nature, whereas connotative meanings carry emic emotional baggage with them that can be good or bad, but it is this baggage that makes things seem sensible, not just intelligible.
A critical perspective demands analysis beyond mere words and their denotative meanings towards an analysis of their connotative meanings in discourse (Stead & Bakker, 2010).
Although there is some dispute in the literature about the denotative meanings of these concepts, the literature agrees that there is more to professional practice than technical know-how.
Asking students to predict the meaning of words in isolation and again in context helps them to use their logical, problem solving skills to examine the roots or origins of words and find connotative and denotative meanings (Moates, 1999).
He describes figures as being words or expressions whose connotative and denotative meanings within the text do not cancel each other out.
This same student writes that unless one appreciates both the connotative and denotative meanings of the word "joder," the full gravity of El Sordo's fate is not communicated in the dialogue between Jordan and Pilar when she uses the word "jodido" to inquire about his fate: "Thou art sure, sure that he is jodido?
As a stylistic construct, it is a marked code that invites readers to go beyond denotative meanings to seek the specific connotations of the speech depicted.
The consensual, denotative meanings are the ones we find listed in the dictionary.