One aspect of a sign’s complete meaning concerns the reference a sign has to its objects, which objects are collectively known as the denotation of the sign. In the pragmatic theory of sign relations, denotative references fall within the projection of the sign relation on the plane spanned by its object domain and its sign domain.
The dyadic relation making up the denotative, referent, or semantic aspect of a sign relation is notated as Information about the denotative aspect of meaning is obtained from by taking its projection on the object-sign plane. We may visualize this as the “shadow” casts on the 2-dimensional space whose axes are the object domain and the sign domain The denotative component of a sign relation alternatively written in any of forms, and is defined as follows.
Tables 3a and 3b show the denotative components of the sign relations associated with the interpreters and respectively. The rows of each Table list the ordered pairs in the corresponding projections,
Looking to the denotative aspects of and various rows of the Tables specify, for example, that uses to denote and to denote while uses to denote and to denote
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