Setting information is a kind of nonevent in discourse that provides locative, temporal and circumstantial information about a sequence of events.
- It was a dark and stormy night. Suddenly a shot rang out. (The first sentence contains temporal setting information.)
- Every tree and blade of grass was dripping, and the road shone like a river. The Pedestrian wasted no time on the landscape, but set out at once... (The first sentence contains circumstantial and locative setting information.)
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