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initialness

(ɪˈnɪʃəlnəs)
n
the quality of being first or initial
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Second, whereas Firbas and others define theme in terms of communicative dynamism, Halliday regards it as a notion of initialness that is delimited by way of the metafunctional categories of his systemic-functional grammar -- as textual, interpersonal, or topical theme.
As a concept of initialness, a reasonable claim about theme is that it prepares the decoder for what is to come.