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What is an antithesis relation?



An antithesis relation is a contrast relation in which

  • the contrasted propositions express events or states that are incompatible with each other, and
  • the speaker communicates positive regard (belief or preference) for one or the other.
Examples (English)
  • How I use my thumbs is not the problem, but heredity is.


    Mann and Thompson 1987a 16

  • Rather than winning them with our arms, we’d win them by our example.

    (Christian Science Monitor, cited by Mann and Thompson 1987a 8–9 )

  Here is a kind of antithesis relation:
  An antithesis relation is a kind of

Mann and Thompson 1987a 8–9, 16

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