The meaning of nothing

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Six Chix for 1/10/2014:

The complaint might be about failure to pick up on body language or other nonverbal communication channels. But even in a purely textual medium like email or IM or SMS, there's content in absence of content.

And in a more technical direction, there's the role in language learning of implicit negative evidence.

All the same, the strip would have been better, in my opinion, if it had gone counter-stereotypes and reversed the roles.


  1. richardelguru said,

    January 11, 2014 @ 8:56 am


  2. D.O. said,

    January 11, 2014 @ 1:18 pm

    But if it was the male character with the same complaint, it would be within the stereotype — a taciturn man expects his wife to pick up information off him without words.

  3. reallguysdontwhine said,

    January 11, 2014 @ 6:37 pm

    Men don't go meta.

  4. Michael said,

    January 13, 2014 @ 5:01 am

    For just one of the multiple meanings of silences, see Heinrich Böll's

    Und sagte kein einziges Wort.

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