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What is a background relation?

 

Definition
 

A background relation is an interpropositional relation in which one or more propositions are provided as information necessary for the proper understanding of some other proposition(s).

Example (English)
 
  • In the following construction, the first proposition provides background information for the second:

  • Someone left a coffee cup in my office; would the owner please come and get it?

    Adapted from:

    Matthiessen and Thompson 1987 26

  • Generic
      A background relation is a kind of
     
    Sources
     

    Mann and Thompson 1987b 53–54

     

    Matthiessen and Thompson 1987 26


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