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What is setting information?

 

Definition
 

Setting information is a kind of nonevent in discourse that provides locative, temporal and circumstantial information about a sequence of events.

Examples
 
  • It was a dark and stormy night. Suddenly a shot rang out. (The first sentence contains temporal setting information.)
  • Every tree and blade of grass was dripping, and the road shone like a river. The Pedestrian wasted no time on the landscape, but set out at once... (The first sentence contains circumstantial and locative setting information.)
Sources
 

Grimes, J. E. 1975


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