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This word has distinct meanings in other fields: see denotation (semiotics) and connotation and denotation. For the opposite of Denotation see Connotation. In semiotics, denotation is the surface or literal meaning encoded to a signifier, and the definition most likely to appear in a dictionary. ... The distinction between connotation and denotation is commonly associated with the philosopher John Stuart Mill, though it is much older. ... Connotation is a subjective cultural and/or emotional coloration in addition to the explicit or denotative meaning of any specific word or phrase in a language, i. ...

  • In media-studies terminology, denotation is the first level of analysis: what the audience can visually see on a page. Denotation often refers to something literal, and avoids being a metaphor. Here it is usually coupled with connotation which is the second level of analysis, being what the denotation represents

In logic and semantics, denotational always attracts the extension meaning "in the pair", but the other element genuinely varies. See intension for some more discussion. Logic (from Classical Greek λόγος logos; meaning word, thought, idea, argument, account, reason, or principle) is the study of the principles and criteria of valid inference and demonstration. ... Linguistics is the scientific study of language, which can be theoretical or applied. ... Semiotics, semiotic studies, or semiology is the study of signs and symbols, both individually and grouped into sign systems. ... For other uses, see Word (disambiguation). ... Look up phrase in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... The introduction to this article provides insufficient context for those unfamiliar with the subject matter. ... The distinction between connotation and denotation is commonly associated with the philosopher John Stuart Mill, though it is much older. ... The introduction to this article provides insufficient context for those unfamiliar with the subject matter. ... Literary theory is the theory (or the philosophy) of the interpretation of literature and literary criticism. ... Intension refers to the meanings or characteristics encompassed by a given word. ... In metaphysics, extension is the property of taking up space; see Extension (metaphysics). ... The distinction between Sinn and Bedeutung (usually but not always translated sense and reference, respectively) was an innovation of the German philosopher and mathematician Gottlob Frege in his 1892 paper Über Sinn und Bedeutung (On Sense and Reference), which is still widely read today. ... Computer science, or computing science, is the study of the theoretical foundations of information and computation and their implementation and application in computer systems. ... In computer science, denotational semantics is an approach to formalizing the semantics of computer systems by constructing mathematical objects (called denotations or meanings) which express the semantics of these systems. ... In computer science, operational semantics is a way to give meaning to computer programs in a mathematically rigorous way (See formal semantics of programming languages). ... Semiotics, semiotic studies, or semiology is the study of signs and symbols, both individually and grouped into sign systems. ... In semiotics, denotation is the surface or literal meaning encoded to a signifier, and the definition most likely to appear in a dictionary. ... This article is about metaphor in literature and rhetoric. ... Connotation is a subjective cultural and/or emotional coloration in addition to the explicit or denotative meaning of any specific word or phrase in a language, i. ... In any of several studies that treat the use of signs, for example, linguistics, logic, mathematics, semantics, and semiotics, the extension of a concept, idea, or sign consists of the things to which it applies, in contrast with its comprehension or intension, which consists very roughly of the ideas, properties... Intension refers to the meanings or characteristics encompassed by a given word. ...


A denotation is the strict, literal, dictionary definition of a word, devoid of any emotion, attitude, or colour.


Denotation often links with symbolism, as the denotation of a particular media text often represents something further; a hidden meaning (or an Engima Code) is often encoded into a media text (such as the images below).


In order to understand fully the difference between denotation and connotation in the media studies and semiotics uses it is necessary to become familiar with some examples: Connotation is a subjective cultural and/or emotional coloration in addition to the explicit or denotative meaning of any specific word or phrase in a language, i. ...


Examples

Example one.

The denotation of this example is a red rose with a green stem. The connotation is that it is a symbol of passion and love - this is what the rose represents. Image File history File links Cartoony_red_rose. ... For other uses, see Rose (disambiguation). ... Stem showing internode and nodes plus leaf petiole and new stem rising from node. ...

Example two.

The denotation is a brown cross. The connotation is a symbol of religion, according to the media connotation. However, to be more specific this is a symbol of Christianity. Image File history File links Cartoony_cross. ...

Example seven .

The denotation is a representation of a cartoon heart. The connotation is a symbol of love and affection, not in the way of a rose, but a symbol of true love. Image File history File links Cartoony_heart. ... It is generally agreed that people know and understand the world and reality through the act of naming it; thus, through language and representations (Oxford English Dictionary, cited in Vukcevich 2002). ...

External links

  • Semiotics for Beginners
  • VirtuaLit Elements of Poetry

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Denotation - LoveToKnow 1911 (184 words)
The concrete term "connotes" attributes and "denotes" all the individuals which, as possessing these attributes, constitute the genus or species described by the term.
Thus "cricketer" denotes the individuals who play cricket, and connotes the qualities or characteristics by which these individuals are marked.
In this sense, in which it was first used by J. Mill, Denotation is equivalent to Extension, and Connotation to Intension.
Semiotics for Beginners: Denotation, Connotation and Myth (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.
Connotation, in short, produces the illusion of denotation, the illusion of language as transparent and of the signifier and the signified as being identical.
The denotational meaning of a sign would be broadly agreed upon by members of the same culture, whereas 'nobody is ever taken to task because their connotations are incorrect', so no inventory of the connotational meanings generated by any sign could ever be complete (Barnard 1996, 83).
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