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Grounding of Information
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The division of information into foregrounded and backgrounded parts is called grounding. Probably a universal property of discourse, grounding is expressed through language-specific devices. In Greek, some aspectual, morphological, and syntactic features have been connected to grounding distinctions.

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‘Grounding of information’ is a term that covers a vast array of phenomena, all of them connected…

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Nicolas Bertrand, “Grounding of Information”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, General Editor: Georgios K. Giannakis. Consulted online on 21 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-448X_eagll_COM_00000172>
First published online: 2013

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