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Christophe Grandsire wrote:
> Vocabulary remark: "topic" typically refers only to new information. What you
> call "topic ... for old information" should rather be called "focus".

You've got it backwards.  Topic is old information, focus is new
information.

According to my linguistics dictionary:

Topic: That part of a sentence which is presented as already existing in
a discourse and which the rest of the sentence, the comment, is in some
sense "about".

Focus: Special prominence which is given to some element in a sentence
to mark it as expressing the most important new information or to
contrast it with something else.

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"There's no such thing as 'cool'.  Everyone's just a big dork or nerd,
you just have to find people who are dorky the same way you are." -
overheard
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