The Emotive Component of Meaning. By Louis B. Salomon From Semantics and Common Sense. Warming up. What does these words mean? (literal/implied) Dove : a bird of the pigeon family; a symbol of peace; a person who prefers peace to war. Hawk: a strong fast bird of prey;
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The Emotive Component of Meaning
By Louis B. Salomon
From Semantics and Common Sense
a bird of the pigeon family;
a symbol of peace;
a person who prefers peace to war.
a strong fast bird of prey;
a symbol of force;
a person who supports the use of military force to solve problems.
male human being;
female human being;
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Words that carry emotion:
Words that do not carry emotion:
Why is the human mind unable to operate like a calculating machine?
What would happen to a word if the human mind indeed operates like a calculating machine, unaffected by emotion?
Our response to a word is not always rational. Can you explain it by an example?
What accounts for our irrational response to words? (e.g., dog)
When does a word acquire an emotive value?
1. Because the human mind is endowed with the ability to think and feel. Our reasoning process is prone to constant emotional interference.
4.It is due to the strong feeling that keeps interfering with our perception of things. Due to the work of emotion, the word friend, for example, which simply denotes companion or an associate, has the connotation of loyalty or affection. And traitor connotes revulsion and contempt. viper connotes disgust. These show that our reason will be at the mercy of our emotion.
5. A word acquires an emotive meaning when human reaction to the word is more or less the same. In other words, it is the frequency and uniformity of our emotional response to a word that eventually gives the word an emotive meaning. The writer points out that the emotional meaning to a word is not determined by the individual, but the fairly general response to it.
informer: one who secretly accuses another, often for a reward Informant: one who gives or serves as a source of information
sweat (n.& vi.): informal and colloquial
Perspiration (n.): more formal and literary