I'm reading "Cognitive interpretation of Czech verse" by Pavel Jiráček about a way to analyze poetry by reading how the consonants, syllables and words conotate "up" and "down".

What is the best broader term for those kind of theories? I guess I need a version for dummies.

  • Can you give some examples from Jiráček? If you're talking about the use of pluses and minuses in semantics then that would be feature/componential analysis.
    – curiousdannii
    Oct 23 '17 at 12:14
  • Thank you! Yes, pure "positive" and "negative" connotations are one of the components Jiráček uses. His positivity/negativity distinction is part of the same dimension as pasivity/activity and lightness/darkness.
    – Probably
    Oct 23 '17 at 13:07

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