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Topic and Comment
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The topic of an utterance/sentence is defined here as that element which expresses information that is currently in the addressee's mind, or that is more generally expected to be known by the addressee, or that is relatively predictable as a whole, or that contains significantly predictable aspect…

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James Dickins, “Topic and Comment”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 20 July 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1570-6699_eall_EALL_COM_0345>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831

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