I learned something fascinating the other day in my linguistics class. When I first heard about it, it made me have a small existential crisis about what I did and did not know. However, furthering my knowledge on the subject, I found myself amazed and excited. What I learned was something called 'phenomenal objects', which sounds quite extraordinary and possibly overwhelming since the word phenomenal usually means something quite big and exceptional. In a way it is, but it's also something quite simple and we come across it everyday.
To put it clean and simple, it is something that we know through professional experience what someone else doesn't that we are able to enlighten them to. That probably doesn't sound all that extraordinary and you're probably thinking that I must be easily excited. Although that is true, let me explain it in a little more detail with some examples and maybe you'll find yourself amazed and excited by it just as I was. It comes from a guy called Charles Goodwin and is explained in his article 'Professional Vision' written in 1994 from the journal American Anthropologist. Goodwin writes about professions and the language used by the professionals within them to explain to the reader the way they can shape events in their specialisations.
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