Warning: I might be writing about denotation and connotation for a while. I haven’t completed my reading about it in chapter one of Sin and Syntax. I wanted to first write out loud my impressions of the words and then read later what Constance Hale has to say, and how we differ, if at all
I begin with the short dictionary definitions by which she introduces the section. Denotation refers to a words explicit or literal meaning. Connotation is the suggestive power of a word and refers to its latent meaning.
Water – H2O is my denotation and for me it connotes what I see in a bottle. After which it connotes a need. I visualize it fresh and clear. I think of it after a walk. These I think of as my connotations of the word. Water is a universal word, but all of us have different connotations of it.
When thinking about writing a word, I prefer denotation, but can’t avoid the connotations. I prefer denotation because it is far simpler, but in truth less interesting. I don’t want to finish my reading of Sin and Syntax with it having the connotative power of ending my desire to write. All because writing right is all too complicated.