"If not all stones are alive 'but some are'*, how does someone encountering a stone tell the difference? It certainly makes a difference, not only grammatically and in other speech acts, but also in the way a stone is treated. People are spoken with and acted towards differently than objects." (Harvey, 2006a, p. 36)

 

*The phrase 'but some are' comes from a conversation between Hallowell (1960) and "an unnamed old man among the Ojibwe of the Beren's River in Manitoba" (p. 24). Hallowell asked the man, "'Are all the stones we see about us here alive?' Hallowell continues, 'He reflected a long while and then replied, 'No! But some are'" (cited in Harvey, 2006a, p. 33).