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literal language


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Verbal expressions which mean, or are at least intended to mean, ‘what they say’, and which are purely denotative, in contrast to figurative language. This common-sense notion faces objections that no text makes sense without reference to something beyond it (requiring some ‘reading between the lines’) and that there can be no denotation without connotation. Banishing metaphor is an impossible task since it is central to language.

Subjects: Media Studies.


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