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What is given versus new information?



Given versus new information is a distinction between information that is assumed or supplied by the speaker and that which is presented for the first time.


The distinction between given and new information may affect the structure of clauses, sentences, and discourses.

  Here are some kinds of given versus new information:
  Given versus new information is a kind of

Prince 1981 225


Crystal 1985 136, 206–207

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