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What is a brand-new entity?

 

Definition
 

A brand-new entity is a referent that

 
  • has not been mentioned previously in the discourse, and
  • is assumed by the speaker to be previously unknown to the addressee.
Example (English)
 
  • In the following example, a guy I work with refers to a brand-new entity. However, when referred to again as he, it is no longer brand new, but salient information:

  • A guy I work with says he knows your sister.

    Source:

    Prince 1981 233

  • Kind
      Here is a kind of brand-new entity:
     
    Generic
      A brand-new entity is a kind of
     
    Source
     

    Prince 1981 233, 235–236


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