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It involves such semantic processes as generalization, specialization, melioration and pejoration, all of which can affect both denotative and connotative meaning.
Pejoration (alternatively termed degradation or degeneration) is the opposite of melioration.
Lestrade, though, as a mulatto, is neither black nor white, and in portions of the dream sequence, mostly those in which he has denounced his role as administrator, he can be seen to adopt the furthering of both the pejoration and amelioration of blackness.
These surface level metaphors, when viewed chronologically, not only show a tendency towards either pejoration, in the case of whiteness, or amelioration, in the case of blackness, but are also seen to encase many of the preconceived assumptions of their senses.
mp, 3D and pejorative, are orthogonal, since pejoration and dimensionality have no intrinsic semantic connection; dimensionality is a physical property of all objects, while pejoration is a social property, usually focused on humans and their actions.
Pejoration is, as noted, unremarkable; the four words that are only pejorative (wop, fop, op, copper) are terms for people--the last two for people with security-related duties.
Enfin, puisque la pejoration dissymetrique du feminin ne se limite pas a un suffixe en particulier, on comprend qu'elle est conditionnee non pas par la langue mais par l'ideologie.
CANIDAE, FELIDAE and EQUIDAE are particularly abundant in metaphorical developments targeted at the conceptual category FEMALE HUMAN BEING where pejoration of meaning is an extremely frequent semantic mechanism.
The process of pejoration of this lexeme continued and already in the 16th century the word (13) was applied to 'a lewd or wanton woman' (e.
Like many other lexical categories associated with the core of the conceptual category HUMAN BEING, already in the EME period churl underwent the process of pejoration as it started to be used in the now predominant yet archaic sense 'base and low fellow'.
During the course of the 15th century harlot underwent the process of moral pejoration as it developed the present-day sense 'female prostitute'.