• Sociology
  • Published 1999

Topic, Focus and Foreground in Ancient Hebrew Narratives

  title={Topic, Focus and Foreground in Ancient Hebrew Narratives},
  author={Jean-Marc Heimerdinger},
This study breaks new ground in describing how various linguistic and pragmatic mechanisms affect both the form of the narrative clause and the arrangement of the grammatical elements. The various possible forms that a narrative clause can take are classified in terms of their 'topic-comment' and 'focus-presupposition', and it is argued that the way in which these are articulated dictates the word order in the clause. The outcome of the study demonstrates that the traditional binary distinction… CONTINUE READING


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