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Grounding: Modern Hebrew
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Background information serves to highlight the prominent issue, the foreground, in a given domain. Its linguistic instantiations involve a differential distribution of the communicative contribution across grammatical entities. Units with lower informative content tend to represent the background; while units which represent the dominant matter constitute the foreground. Backgrounding is thus associated with grammatical operations involved in changing the status of given units such that they acquire the …

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Ziv, Yael, “Grounding: Modern Hebrew”, in: Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics, Edited by: Geoffrey Khan. Consulted online on 19 August 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2212-4241_ehll_EHLL_COM_00000930>
First published online: 2013
First print edition: 9789004176423

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