On Adjectival Connotations (Linguistics) - Studia Anglica Posnaniensia: international review of English Studies

On Adjectival Connotations (Linguistics)

By Studia Anglica Posnaniensia: international review of English Studies

  • Release Date: 2009-01-01
  • Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines
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ABSTRACT Connotations are elusive semantic elements. Although they are often specific to individual speakers, many of them are sufficiently general to serve as general communicative elements. The paper suggests a device by means of which adjectival connotations, whether of the individual or the general type, can be pinpointed. The device is simply the sequence "[ADJ.sup.1] but not [ADJ.sup.2]", where [ADJ.sup.2] is seen to enrich the connotational semantics of [ADJ.sup.1]. Thus for example the use of a phrase like desirable but not essential may indicate that desirable normally contains an element of essential, though perhaps not in the situation where it is used. It is pointed out that [ADJ.sup.2] often represents an intensification of the semantic content of [ADJ.sup.1].

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