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Grounding is a discourse semantic notion. It pertains to the organization of meaning in terms of a foreground/background structure. This structure is not a binary opposition but rather a gradual scale of meaning distribution and distinction among whole propositions in terms of ‘grounding values’, based on the assignment of degrees of importance to information. A grounding value is a measure of the relative worth of a textual proposition on the foreground/background gradient. Roughly, a propositi…

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Esam N. Khalil, “Grounding”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 26 February 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1570-6699_eall_EALL_COM_vol2_0031>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831

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