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Title: Theme and Rheme in Chinese: A Cognitive Psychological Perspective
Authors: Ping, A.L. 
Issue Date: 1999
Citation: Ping, A.L. (1999). Theme and Rheme in Chinese: A Cognitive Psychological Perspective. Journal of the Chinese Language Teachers Association 34 (3) : 49-76. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: An alternative approach to the delimitation of theme in Chinese clauses is outlined. Centered on schema theory & inferences, the inference-boundary model is presented as a complementary account to M. A. K. Halliday's (1985, 1994) framework. The inference-boundary model views theme as an element that is capable of activating a boundary of acceptability within which it is permissible for the rheme to occur. Potential rhemes that exist outside the boundary are blocked from co-occurring with the theme since this would result in a mismatch. It is held that theme is not simply that which precedes rheme, but that which serves as a constraining force on the development of the clausal message in the rhematic portion.
Source Title: Journal of the Chinese Language Teachers Association
ISSN: 00094595
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