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What is an alternative relation?



An alternative relation is an interpropositional relation in which at least one of the connected propositions is held to be true, but not necessarily, or perhaps not even possibly, all of them.

Examples (English)
  • or
  • alternatively
  • on the other hand (some uses)
  Here are some kinds of alternative relations:
  An alternative relation is a kind of

Beekman, Callow, and Kopesec 1981 83–84


Longacre 1983:91


Halliday and Hasan 1976:246–247

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