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DOI: 10.1111/b.9781405168908.2010.x


A term that originated in Russian F ormalism , where it was used to indicate an interdependence between S ubjects and objects. The formalists maintained that while perceiving an object or an artifact, the subject “foregrounds” some of its properties and “suppresses” others. This concept was later developed in Czech S tructuralism by Mukarovsky and J akobson . Mukarovsky saw “maximum foregrounding of the utterance” as one of the most important functions of poetic language. Jakobson (1990b) took the idea of “foregrounding utterance” a step further in his “Linguistic and poetics” where he argues that the structural aspect of literary expression can easily be accommodated within the S emiotic concept of encoded communication. 1992 : “Foregrounding: an assessment.” . 1973 : “Some thoughts on foregrounding and interpretation.” . 1983 : “The foreground-background distinction: a survey of its definitions and applications.” . ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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