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What is a contrast relation?

 

Definition
 

A contrast relation is an interpropositional relation which expresses that a difference between one proposition and another is relevant.

Examples (English)
 
  • Some uses of the following words signify a contrast relation:

    • however
    • on the other hand
    • but

      Example:

      Animals heal, but trees compartmentalize.

      Source:

      (Scientific American, cited by Mann and Thompson 1987b 75 )

  • Kind
      Here is a kind of contrast relation:
     
    Generic
      A contrast relation is a kind of
     
    Sources
     

    Longacre 1983 83–85, 88

     

    Bickford and Daly 1996 100–102

     

    Halliday and Hasan 1976 247, 252

     

    Mann and Thompson 1987b 74–75


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