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Verschueren, Jef. 1985. The social psychology of background assumptions. In Allwood, Jens S. and Erland Hjelmquist, eds. Foregrounding background. Doxa. pp. 65–73.
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V. addresses the following question: What functions do background assumptions serve in linguistic communication? Or, to what uses do speakers put the insertion of background information into utterances? A distinction is made between surface functions, strategic functions, and subconscious functions.