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 C - Connotation


Connotation: Meaning of a term; what is or may normally be associated with a term, by informed speakers.

Sometimes connotation is opposed to denotation (which then is used in the sense I use "reference"). Given the term meaning for what a term stands for, independent from whether it stands for anything real, the term connotation is useful precisely because synonymous terms (that mean the same) often come with different associations for informed speakers.


See also:


Leech, Leonard, Lyons

 Original: Sep 12, 2005                                                Last edited:12 December 2011.   Top