Recently I’ve been going through some online grammar resources, and I noticed a trend among English primary language speakers to use this word, “emphasis,” when explaining certain grammar points. Let me preface this with a couple side notes, firstly, I’ve learned almost all of my grammar through reading (and originally in college a long time ago), and secondly, I already know most of the grammar I’m reviewing. I’m reviewing it to solidify and fill gaps in my understanding of the ‘textbook’ rules for the purpose of passing the N2 examination specifically.
At any rate, I don’t quite understand how emphasis is consequential. In English for example, I could capitalize any word in a sentence or speak it with higher severity, and that would change the emphasis as it were, yet the meaning of the sentence would never actually change in a substantial way. For this reason, I haven’t found the use of the word “emphasis” to convey any useful information to me when learning about a grammar point. I have also seen it used incorrectly at worst. I’ll give a concrete example. The other day I added all the N5 grammar points from bunpro, and when I reviewed ”ので” the website actually suggested that this changes the so-called emphasis of the sentence fragments. That’s not really accurate, because node is used for formal written sentences, not as a replacement for kara to emphasize the cause/effect or whatever.
So my issue is that I’m unable to internalize the formal explanations of English/American natives, because my brain basically shuts down when I hear this word. It feels a little silly. So I thought, maybe I could ask for some help here.
Can someone please explain, in English, how emphasis meaningfully impacts the meaning of a sentence? Especially in such a way that it should be the primary mechanism of explanation for the particle of a foreign language. I really want to be able to think in this other type of perspective when necessary, and I’m finding myself mentally blocked by being unable to accept the meaning of this specific word. Maybe it means something different to me than it does to everyone else. Anyway, please help, and thank you.