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What is a dismissive relation?



A dismissive relation is an interpropositional relation which communicates the irrelevancy of some proposition(s) to some other(s) without communicating contraexpectation.


A dismissive relation is sometimes similar to an indefinite concessive relation.

Examples (English)
  • We may be back tonight; I'm not sure; either way, just make yourselves at home.
  • Expressions such as anyhow or at any rate, either in a context similar to the first example or when functioning as subject-changers.
  A dismissive relation is a kind of

Halliday and Hasan 1976 254–255

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