Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics

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‘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 languages…

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Anna Bonifazi, “Topic”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, General Editor: Georgios K. Giannakis. Consulted online on 25 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-448X_eagll_COM_00000352>
First published online: 2013

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