How to Determine Meaning in Verbal Communication


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Words are open to interpretation because language is really just a set of _____.

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1. What is the denotative meaning of the word money'?

2. Which word has the most neutral connotation?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz/worksheet can be used to test your aptitude when it comes to determining meaning in spoken language, with questions on the various angles from which words are interpreted.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz/worksheet contains questions on the following:

  • Why words are open to interpretation
  • The denotative meaning of the word 'money'
  • Neutral connotations
  • The study of how context impacts the usage and meaning of language
  • The factors of understanding verbal communication

Skills Practiced

  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define the study of how context affects the usage and meaning of words
  • Reading comprehension - make sure you've drawn important information from the lesson on the factors of interpreting verbal communication as well as why words are open to interpretation
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about denotative meanings and neutral connotations

Additional Learning

To learn more about finding meaning in spoken language, you can delve into the accompanying lesson, How to Determine Meaning in Verbal Communication. This lesson encompasses the following objectives:

  • Understand the imperfect and ambiguous nature of language
  • Define semantics
  • Differentiate between denotative and connotative meaning