Genette (1988) classifies titles into thematic and rhematic
Cenopythagorean categories (source: Peirce 1931b: 254-265) A B C Name of Sign 1 1 1 Qualisign (I) 2 1 1 Iconic Sinsign (II) 2 2 1 Rhematic
Indexical Sinsign (III) 2 2 2 Dicent Sinsign (IV) 3 1 1 Iconic Legisign (V) 3 2 1 Rhematic
Indexical Legisign (VI) 3 2 2 Dicent Indexical Legisign (VII) 3 3 1 Rhematic
Symbol (Symbolic Rheme) (VIII) 3 3 2 Dicent Symbol (Proposition) (IX) 3 3 3 Argument (X) A Example 1 A feeling of "red" 2 An individual diagram 2 A spontaneous cry 2 A weathercock or photograph 3 A diagram, apart from its factual individuality 3 A demonstrative pronoun 3 A street cry 3 A common noun 3 Proposition 3 Syllogism
At an onset position, formulae basically function as a theme (topic) and enable the poet to advance adjustments necessary to accommodate rhematic
content (comment) in the remaining slots.
Both sentences have the locative thematic element at the beginning and the rhematic
bearer of a state at the end.
In quite a similar fashion to Bryan's Friendly Fire, the title of Everything We Had is segmented into two separate thematic and rhematic
sections; the actual title of the novel and what is then worded as 'An Oral History of the Vietnam War By Thirty-Three American Soldiers Who Fought It.
We might begin with the attention he pays to the materiality of style: "Style consists, then, in the entire set of rhematic
properties exemplified by discourse, at the "formal" (that is, in fact, the physical) level of the phonic or graphic raw material, at the linguistic level of the relation of direct denotation, and at the figurative level of indirect denotation" (121-22).
Two examples are provided below of actors and an entity as attributees in rhematic
A proper name is a rhematic
indexical legisign, and a proper name qua legisign involves both sinsigns and qualisigns.
Typically, the division of utterances into rhematic
and thematic parts has been the concern of performance theories, as in the framework of functional sentence perspective or theory of information structure.
However, the ordering that involves more processing effort (the although part as the second element) presents a high percentage of cases, suggesting that this way of presenting information, with the new or rhematic
information in the although element, is useful for the writer for some reason, as is explained in section VI.
The very Iconic and Rhematic
qualities of the concept of the phaneron enforce on the researcher a duty to listen to what is present to the mind.
Consider the former: thetic sentences do not have a topic-comment structure; they are entirely rhematic