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What is a motivation relation?



An interpropositional relation in which the speaker expresses a proposition(s) to increase the addressee's willingness to accept the directive communicated in another proposition.

Example (English)
  • The ballet company is giving four concerts next week. Tickets are $7.50. It’s new choreography and should be very entertaining.

    The last sentence is intended to motivate attendance at the concerts mentioned in the first.

    Adapted from:

    Mann and Thompson 1987b 56

      A motivation relation is a kind of

    Mann and Thompson 1987b 55–56


    Matthiessen and Thompson 1987 25–26

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