The phrase information-status is used repdeatly in the article "Definiteness and Information-status in Hindi", Baldridge, 1996, but what does it mean? Could someone explain it simply/ say where I could find a simple explanation?

  • It's explained in the second paragraph of the article itself. What about the explanation isn't clear to you?
    – Cairnarvon
    May 25 at 19:04
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    He explains it: The information-status of a given noun is the speaker's specification to his/her audience as to where the entity which that noun refers to originated-directly from the speaker's world model; from the current situation; from what is thought to be mutually known; from the discourse itself; or from what may be inferred about something in the discourse.//This article is about what information determiners provide. The Hindi ones works differently than English or Spanish as there is ONLY one in Hindi. If I say to you: The dog on the porch. that is definite,
    – Lambie
    May 25 at 19:09
  • I mean, that explanation in the paragraph is very non intuitive and confusing to me. Perhaps because I don't know much linguistics @Lambie May 25 at 19:55
  • It might help you to look up an introductory text/book on information structure/pragmatics. I've read Lambrecht's book which I found helpful, but that was in my 4th year of university linguistics. I'm not sure if there's something more accessible for those who are new to linguistics.
    – curiousdannii
    May 26 at 4:06
  • I'll check it out @curiousdannii May 26 at 7:00


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