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What is a blocking circumstance?



A blocking circumstance is a factor, sometimes expressed along with a concession relation, that

  • thwarts an expected event or state, and
  • results in an unexpected event or state.
Example (English)
  • In the following example, you’re not big enough is the blocking circumstance and the concession is I know you want to play. The implied unexpected state is not being able to play:

  • I know you want to play, but you’re not big enough.
  • Source

    Longacre 1983 135

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