What You Need To Know About Animacy

Animacy provides pronouns that can create inclusion and encouragement

Can you see wildflowers as beings? Photo by Christyl Rivers

We all learn early on that human beings are in charge. Everything that is non-human becomes an “it” or a non-entity. We see a dog coming toward us with a broken branch and say either, “Oh look at the dog, it wants to play” or sometimes, just as often we say “Look at the dog! He wants to play.” Least likely is for us to say: “Oh, look…