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Re: New Conlang

From:Mark J. Reed <markjreed@...>
Date:Monday, October 11, 2004, 19:44
On Mon, Oct 11, 2004 at 11:57:18AM -0700, H. S. Teoh wrote:
> I meant "topic" and "focus" synonymously. I suppose I'm using the > wrong terminology?
They are often synonymous in English, but as technical linguistic terms they are not. I only know this from reading past posts on this list, however. :) I personally am not familiar enough with the terms to explain the distinction, and I suspect it depends somwhat on which linguistic theolo. . .er, theory you subscribe to. I *believe*, however, that a "focus" is a new element in the conversation, appearing for the first time in the sentence in question, while a "topic" is an already-established element that may not even be explicit in the sentence under discussion. -Marcos


Ray Brown <ray.brown@...>