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Xu Shenghuan  
This paper discusses the problem of the identification of the theme and the rheme within asentence. The assignment of the theme and the theme, which is an important aspect of textualorganization known as information structure, turns out to be crucial to the study of communicativedynamism told the study of language typology. By probing into the distribution of inJbrmationwithin a sentence, the theme-rheme assignment may relate one syntactical surface structure to aninformation structure which has important functional correlates, thus helping to reveal regularities.The paper is divided into five parts: (1) a brief introductions; (2) a brief lookback, tracing backthe development of the study of theme-theme assignment since V. Mathesius in the 1920's: (3)known information and other types of in)brmation; (4) the nature of thematic-rbematic infofmarion; (5) concluding remarks.
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