The roles of agents across all forms of meaning can be self, other, and thing. “Self” is quite different in speech than it is in text: the co-present self in speech compared to the distant, reporting self of writing. Here is another substantial difference which separates the grammars of speech and writing. So too with “other.” The co-present other of speech is different from the distant other of writing. We are going to include grammatical third persons within “other,” because we can distinguish the other of existence from the other of command in the grammar of conditionality. This “other” includes creatures whose sentience the sense maker recognizes—pets for instance, or wild animals, or insects. Finally, we have things, insentient “it” and “they,” nevertheless capable of acting naturally and being acted upon.