I have a little confusion about how changing the usual/normal/common word order in a sentence would affect its meaning. My grammar book says
Elements which are more heavily stressed and convey important new information tend to follow elements which are less stressed as well as
The element nearest the end of the bracket is typically the most important piece of new information and typically carries the heaviest stress. However my teacher has once said that if we want to emphasize an element and give it more attention as important information, we have to assign it to be the first element in the sentence. Both arguments seem plausible, and if I want to compare this to Arabic, I would go with my teacher's opinion. But I don't think my grammar book is wrong and here seems to be a misunderstanding which I hope you can clarify.
Das Konzert findet heute Abend im Rathaus statt.
Heute Abend findet ein Konzert im Rathaus statt.
Im Rathaus findet heute Abend ein Konzert statt.
As an example, in my second sentence, what should I understand?
- The concert was yesterday evening (new important information, not in the afternoon, not two days ago..)
- The concert was in the town hall (new important information, not in the town theater, not in some other place)