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Connotation and Denotation Notes

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Stephanie Caneday

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Transcript of Connotation and Denotation Notes

Connotation and Denotation Notes
1. For rent: This cozy, vintage home has neutral-toned walls and an easy to care for yard. Bargain-priced fixer-upper!




2. For rent: This tiny, old place has bland-painted walls and a cement pad for the backyard. Cheap place that needs a lot of work.
Denotation vs. Connotation
Connotation

a word's associations; implied meaning; concepts connected with a word; all the ideas loaded with the word
can be positive or negative
What's the
difference?
To
notice
and to
spy
both have similar denotations (to observe or see) but they have different connotations.
Notice
conveys a more accidental or unintentionally caught idea.
I noticed the man leaving the house. (not really looking for him, but I happened to see him)
Spy
has more sneaky connotations. To spy implies observing while trying not to be seen.
I spied the man leaving the house. (quickly and covertly seeing the man, perhaps hiding in order to do so)
How to interpret texts using connotation and denotation
Step 1
: Identify denotation- what is the basic dictionary meaning?
Example: home= location in which one lives
Step 2
: Determine connotation- what ideas does the word evoke? What connections or associations do you make? What does the word remind you of?
Example: home- family and loved ones, where one is the most comfortable, "...where the heart is"
Now you try... identify the denotation and connotation of the word in bold, then think of a word with a negative connotation, but the same denotation.
Compare: What are the similarities between the two ads? Differences?
Denotation

a word's definition
dictionary meaning




I looked at the sale rack where everything is
inexpensive
.
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