Language, Literature and Linguistics - Language and Linguistics
Information structuring describes the way in which information is formally packaged in a sentence. It includes those aspects of information that react to the passing state of the receiver's mind. The basic concepts of information structure are focus, givenness and topic, as well as their associated notions of background, newness and comment respectively. The existence of alternatives that are significant to the understanding of linguistic expressions is called focus. Givenness indicates that the meaning of an expression exists in the immediate context of the utterance. Topic is the unit that a speaker recognizes, about which information, the comment, is then given. There are many different approaches to information structure, such as generative or functional architectures. This book brings forth some of the most innovative concepts and elucidates the unexplored aspects of information structuring. While understanding the long-term perspectives of the topics, it makes an effort in highlighting their impact as a modern tool for the growth of the discipline. The readers would gain knowledge that would broaden their perspective about this field.