Jane Austen Denotation and Connotation

Jane Austen Denotation and Connotation

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  • An Examination of Denotation and Connotation
  • in Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice,Emma, and Persuasion
  • Lori L. RossbachENG 550 LinguisticsSNHU, Dr. Carol Foreman
  • Denotation Versus Connotation
  • Words denote according to their point of reference; a word’s denotative meaning is referential (and what we sometimes more loosely refer to as “literal”). Words connote according to associations that arise from their use; connotative meaning, then, is determined by speaker experience and intention, auditor reaction, context, and shared cultural understanding (Curzan and Adams 214).
  • "It is a truth universally acknowledged,that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife" (Austen, 1).
  • Original Excerpt from Pride and Prejudice
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