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What is a motivation relation?

 

Definition
 

An interpropositional relation in which the speaker expresses a proposition(s) to increase the addressee's willingness to accept the directive communicated in another proposition.

Example (English)
 
  • The ballet company is giving four concerts next week. Tickets are $7.50. It’s new choreography and should be very entertaining.
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    The last sentence is intended to motivate attendance at the concerts mentioned in the first.

     
    Adapted from:

    Mann and Thompson 1987b 56

    Generic
      A motivation relation is a kind of
     
    Sources
     

    Mann and Thompson 1987b 55–56

     

    Matthiessen and Thompson 1987 25–26


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