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What is an interpropositional relation?



An interpropositional relation is an explicit or inferred coherence relation between propositions or groups of propositions that are typically expressed by clauses or larger portions of text.


Interpropositional relations can account for the coherence between portions of text.


The term interpropositional relation has been chosen here as a rubric for relations that various authors have proposed, using a variety of terminology, in accounting for text structure or coherence.


Not every author would agree that this term is the best one for these relations, nor would all agree that every relation cited here belongs in a list of interpropositional relations. The controversy occurs either because of a disputation over the validity of a relation itself, or some restriction on the usage of the term interpropositional relation.

Example (English)
  • The following construction is an example of an inferred solutionhood relation, a particular kind of interpropositional relation:

  • I’m hungry; let’s go to the Fuji Gardens.


    Mann and Thompson 1985 1

  • Kinds
      Here are some kinds of interpropositional relations as found in Mann and Thompson 1985.:

    Here are some kinds of propositional relations as found, for example, in Banker 1996:

      Equal prominence
    • Chronological

      • sequential
      • simultaneous
    • Nonchronological

      • conjoining
      • alternation

    Unequal prominence

    • Orientation

      • orienter-CONTENT
      • circumstance-NUCLEUS
    • Chronological

      • move(n)-GOAL
      • occasion-OUTCOME
      • problem-RESOLUTION
    • Nonchronological

      • restatement

        • NUCLEUS-equivalent
        • GENERIC-specific(n)
        • generic-SPECIFIC
        • contraction-amplification
        • negative-POSITIVE
      • clarification
      An interpropositional relation is a kind of

    Hollenbach 1975 2


    Fleming 1988 27


    Beekman and Callow 1974 287–288


    Mann and Thompson 1985 1


    Beekman, Callow, and Kopesec 1981 77


    Halliday and Hasan 1976 226–228, 238

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