Writing an essay on the problems and methods of semantic analysis is by no means a task whose limits can be easily traced: we could even say that this discipline, recently added up to linguistic science, is still looking for its methodology and its object. This essay, as its title shows, is intended to establish a theory of linguistics about denotative meaning within the context of dialectical analysis of meaning. Meaning is doubtless a complex phenomenon and, when trying to collect data about it, we have to move necessarily within different fields of study. Our essay shows the possible harmony that can exist between linguistic, semantic and symptomatic semantics. It is, first, a study on the different descriptions of denotative meaning. Symptomatic semantics is a study about the explanations of connotative meaning. We think that two perspectives cannot be considered to be opposite directions, but complementary proposals each of which achieves its reason to be in the dialectical model we defend. Here we present the first stage of this process: denotative meaning and the basis for the construction of a theoretical model able describe it within the dialectical framework we support.
Significado denotativo; Designación; Sentido; Referencia; Campo léxico; Estructura léxica; Teorías semánticas
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