The system of THEME in Japanese

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    This paper will describe one instance of the system of Theme in Japanese as it is realised in a set of selected written texts. The unit over which Theme/Rheme is mapped is the Theme unit which is defined grammatically as a co-referential unit in which the referent is the first constituent (Thomson, 2005:162), and semantically as one phase of continuous thematic progression (Thomson, 2005:165). The realisation of Theme is the constituent in first position of the Theme unit. The following description includes a treatment of single Themes, multiple Themes, implicit Themes and marked Themes.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationSystemic functional perspectives of Japanese
    Subtitle of host publicationDescriptions and applications
    EditorsElizabeth A Thomson, William S Armour
    Place of PublicationSheffield, United Kingdom
    PublisherEquinox Publishing
    Number of pages36
    ISBN (Electronic)9781781790939
    ISBN (Print)9781845530532
    Publication statusPublished - 2013

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    Thomson, E. (2013). The system of THEME in Japanese. In E. A. Thomson, & W. S. Armour (Eds.), Systemic functional perspectives of Japanese: Descriptions and applications (pp. 101-136). Equinox Publishing.