intro to marked and unmarked binaries in english
Semantics is the field of linguistics that pertains to the meanings of words and discourse: How do our brains hear a string of arbitrary sounds and process it as an intelligible sentence? How is it that I can put a bunch of lines on this screen and transfer a thought from my brain into yours? Why…
Interesting, because earlier today somebody asked me what I was doing with 12 bags of compost in a grocery cart, and I responded, “A woman bought them. [I’m bringing them to her car,]” and I immediately noticed this and thought to myself, If it were a guy who bought these, I would never have specified the sex as male.