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Denotation and Connotation

If you want to discuss the meaning of a word, it helps to know the difference between denotation and connotation. These two terms are easy to confuse because they describe related concepts. 176 more words


Research point: Semiotics

I studied semiotics (and structuralism, and post-structuralism) last year as part of Context & Narrative. I won’t reproduce the whole post here but will summarise my basic understanding, augmented by what I have learned since. 424 more words

Research & Reflection

Exercise: Martin Shields' footballers


Part 1

Analyse Martin Shields’ photograph of two young footballers. What are the denotations and connotations of this image? You can write your answer in descriptive prose or make a bullet list if you find this easier. 392 more words


Little Observations...

…are a big part of being a science fiction writer. Of being a writer in general, really. Some nonfiction writers might be exceptions — a writer of specialized technical texts, maybe, for example — but even most nonfiction writers are doing the same thing that fiction writers and poets are doing: writing things that are meaningful to their readers. 822 more words


What's the rellephants? ~ Week three

There are only so many puns to be said with elephants so don’t stress, I won’t be using the elephant of surprise too much.

The photo I’ve included below can have so many meanings, across the planet. 502 more words


But we all see, why don't we feel the same?

We decode denotation with our eyes, but connotation with our soul, belief, education, and even mood.

Looking at this picture, what is the first thing you could think of?

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Taming the'Saurus--Dangerous in the Wrong Hands

or, Etymology Won’t Teach You About Beetles

“Its very variety, subtlety, and utterly irrational, idiomatic complexity makes it possible to say things in English which simply cannot be said in any other language.” 1,359 more words