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What is a theme?

 

Definition
 

A theme is the initial constituent of a sentence, viewed in relation to a more highly communicative theme or focus elsewhere in the sentence.

Examples (English)
 
  • The man is coming.
  • Under no circumstances will he come.
Sources
 

Hartmann and Stork 1972 237

 

Quirk, Greenbaum, Leech, and Svartvik 1985 1361–1363

 

Crystal 1985 308


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