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What is a conditional relation?



A conditional relation is a logical relation in which the illocutionary act employing one of a pair of propositions is expressed or implied to be true or in force if the other proposition is true.

Examples (English)
  • If you give her the ring, then you are married to her.I hereby pronounce you married.Are you married to her?Do marry her.If only you would marry her!


    Johnson-Laird 1986 61

  • Once admit that they have a case, and your moral superiority collapses.


    Haiman 1986 218

  Here are some kinds of conditional relations:
  A conditional relation is a kind of

Beekman and Callow 1974 303–304


Halliday and Hasan 1976 258–259


Mann and Thompson 1987b 65–66


Johnson-Laird 1986 61–64


Comrie 1986 89


Haiman 1986 218–219


Ford and Thompson 1986 363–365


Quirk, Greenbaum, Leech, and Svartvik 1985 1091


Searle and Vanderveken 1985 5

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