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What is given versus new information?

 

Definition
 

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.

Discussion
 

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

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

Prince 1981 225

 

Crystal 1985 136, 206–207


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