The Definiteness and Indefiniteness in the Theme

  •  Gunel Eyvazli    


The article describes the (in)definitenessin the Theme. Usually a themeisthe subject, and (in)definiteness is employed as an independent information structure used by speakers or writers to express their intention. Having investigated a lot of linguistic references, the author gives the explanation of them. The definiteness means the status of the information. Basing on different linguists the author defines the definite articles, the demonstrative pronouns, the possessive adjectives (pronouns), personal pronouns, proper nouns as the indicators of the definiteness. The indefinite articles, the indefinite pronouns are investigated as the indefinite indicators. The author gives some examples for proving her investigation. She gives the three methods of T.Givon in her research and relies on his (T.Givon’s) methods while experimenting. The author comes to the conclusion that the stated grammatical themes are observed in the definiteness of the Theme more than in the Rheme.

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  • ISSN(Print): 1923-869X
  • ISSN(Online): 1923-8703
  • Started: 2011
  • Frequency: bimonthly

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