Always big meaning difference between defining relative clauses and non defining relative clauses?

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Do you experts think there is always big meaning  difference between defining relative clauses and non defining relative clauses? 

 

Yesterday, I met a girl who lives in NY.

 

Yesterday, I met a girl, who lives in NY.

 

I know there can be difference in meaning, but sometimes I cannot see any difference between them. 

 

What do you experts think? Thank you as usual.

 

Cf. This is the answer I got from one of the experts here and I agreed with her ,but I am not  sure now.

 

Q : The meeting which is scheduled tomorrow is cancelled. The meeting, which is scheduled tomorrow, is cancelled.

 

A : I see no difference between the two, but to be completely clear you could always write"Tomorrow's meeting is cancelled".

edited Sep 20 '12 at 14:58 Hans Contributor

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