tailieunhanh - Reading comprehension success part 12

Tham khảo tài liệu 'reading comprehension success part 12', ngoại ngữ, kỹ năng đọc tiếng anh phục vụ nhu cầu học tập, nghiên cứu và làm việc hiệu quả | DICTION WHAT S IN A WORD Denotation and Connotation Now suppose sentence A also had another adjective to describe the new policy A. The town s firm new parking policy which goes into effect on Monday should significantly reduce traffic congestion on Main Street. B. The town s draconian new parking policy which goes into effect on Monday should significantly reduce traffic congestion on Main Street. Do the two sentences now mean the same thing Yes and no. Both firm and draconian suggest that the policy is strict but each word has a specific implication or suggested meaning about how strict that policy is. A firm policy is not as strict as a draconian policy. Furthermore draconian suggests that the policy is not only strict but unfairly or unreasonably so. So the words writers choose even though they may mean the same thing when you look them up in the dictionary actually have another level of meaning. This is called their connotation. Connotation is the implied meaning the meaning that evolves when the dictionary definition denotation develops an emotional or social register or a suggestion of degree. The specific words writers choose their diction or word choice can therefore reveal a great deal about how authors feel about their subjects. Diction the particular words chosen and used by the author Denotation exact or dictionary meaning Connotation implied or suggested meaning How Diction Influences Meaning Put your powers of observation to work on the following sentences. Read them carefully and then write down what you notice about each writer s specific choice of words. See if you can use the writers diction to determine what they are inferring about the seriousness of the situation they are describing A. The political parties are meeting with the hopes of clearing up their differences. B. The political parties have entered into negotiations in an attempt to resolve their conflict. Both sentences convey the same information Two parties are meeting because they .

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