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What is new information?

 

Definition
 

New information is information that is assumed by the speaker not

 
Discussion
 

New information typically

 
  • is placed late in the sentence, and
  • has a high amount of stress placed on the words representing it.
Examples (English)
 
  • In the following exchange, the stressed words are new information:

  • A: Do you know where my SHOES are?
  • B: I put them in the CLOSET.
  • Kinds
     
    Generic
      New information is a kind of
     
    Sources
     

    Crystal 1980 241

     

    Levinson 1983 88

     

    Quirk, Greenbaum, Leech, and Svartvik 1985 1361


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