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What is a justification relation?



A justification relation is an interpropositional relation in which one or more propositions provide the basis or right of the speaker to perform the illocutionary act expressed in another proposition.

Example (English)
  • Music Day is July 21; I'll post details later, but this is a good time to mark your calendar.

    The two clauses after the semicolon justify the announcement of “Music Day” without details.

    Adapted from:

    Mann and Thompson 1987b 10

      A justification relation is a kind of

    Mann and Thompson 1987b:10–11

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