Meaning of rheme in English:


Pronunciation /riːm/


  • The part of a clause that gives information about the theme.

    ‘It is structured as a series of messages consisting of what Halliday calls themes and rhemes.’
    • ‘Many of the basic concepts employed in the Prague School functional analyses such as theme/rheme, topic/comment, and given/new do not seem to be clearly defined.’
    • ‘The purpose of scanning a scene in this manner is to pick out details and their relations to one another (themes and rhemes).’
    • ‘I guess I have to admit that I've never heard of the theme/rheme distinction being marked on determiners.’
    • ‘Over time the term enunciation gave way to rheme, and rheme to comment.’


Late 19th century from Greek rhēma ‘that which is said’.