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What is a concession relation?



A concession relation is a relation of unexpectedness between propositions. Some proposition(s) in the relation are expressed as unexpected (the contraexpectation) in light of some other proposition(s) (the concession).

Examples (English)
  • Even though it was 5:00, the streets were clear.
  • Yet
  • Nevertheless
  • Although
  • Certain senses of

    • but, and
    • while
  Here are some kinds of concession relations:
  A concession relation is a kind of

Beekman, Callow, and Kopesec 1981 104–106


Hollenbach 1975 17–18


Longacre 1983 134–135


Mann and Thompson 1987b 13–16


Matthiessen and Thompson 1987 26–27


Konig 1986 237


Halliday and Hasan 1976 250

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