Topic
(2,402 words)

Abstract

‘Topic’ expresses a relation concerning the informational status of discourse fragments (within and beyond single sentences) with respect to other discourse fragments, the latter encoding other statuses such as ‘focus’ or ‘comment’. Although the term intuitively seems simple, the concept actually proves difficult to pin down. Descriptions of topic functions and topic constituents greatly vary across different la…

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Anna Bonifazi, “Topic”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: First Last. Consulted online on 19 August 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-448X_eagll_COM_00000352>
First published online: 2013



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