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What is an enablement relation?

 

Definition
 

An enablement relation is an interpropositional relation in which a proposition(s) supports a speaker's directive by improving the addressee’s ability to fulfill it or take advantage of it.

Examples (English)
 
  • Providing an address for an invitation
  • Giving a deadline for making an application
Generic
  An enablement relation is a kind of
 
Sources
 

Mann and Thompson 1987b 54–55

 

Matthiessen and Thompson 1987 23–24


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