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What is a relational proposition?



A relational proposition is a proposition that

  • arises as an implicature between two propositions or groups of propositions that are related by an interpropositional relation
  • expresses a relation
  • arises even where the relation is not signaled in the text, as by a conjunction, and
  • produces coherence in the text.
Example (English)
  • I’m hungry. Let’s go to the Fuji Gardens.

    There is a relational proposition in this sequence that expresses a solutionhood relation and means "our going to Fuji Gardens is a (partial) solution to my problem of being hungry."


    Mann and Thompson 1983 10

      A relational proposition is a kind of

    Mann and Thompson 1986 7–9


    Mann and Thompson 1985 1–3


    Mann and Thompson 1983 9–13, 16–17

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