As a noun signifier
is (linguistics) the sound of spoken word or string of letters on a page that a person recognizes as a sign.
As an adjective denotative is
that denotes or names; designative.
(linguistics) The sound of spoken word or string of letters on a page that a person recognizes as a sign.
That denotes or names; designative
* (Oliver Sacks), Seeing Voices: A Journey into the World of the Deaf
Specific to the primary meaning of a term
- There was still no concept of language (arithmetical symbolism, perhaps, is not a language, is not denotative in the same sense as words).