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Interpropositional Relation

Interpropositional Relation

An interpropositional relation is an explicit or inferred coherence relation between propositions or groups of propositions that are typically expressed by clauses or larger portions of text.

Interpropositional relations can account for the coherence between portions of text.

The term interpropositional relation has been chosen here as a rubric for relations that various authors have proposed, using a variety of terminology, in accounting for text structure or coherence.

Not every author would agree that this term is the best one for these relations, nor would all agree that every relation cited here belongs in a list of interpropositional relations. The controversy occurs either because of a disputation over the validity of a relation itself, or some restriction on the usage of the term interpropositional relation.


The following construction is an example of an inferred solutionhood relation , a particular kind of interpropositional relation:

  • I’m hungry; let’s go to the Fuji Gardens.
Page/s: 1
Source: Mann and Thompson 1985

Mann, William C., and Sandra A. Thompson. 1985.Assertions from discourse structure. Marina del Rey, CA: Information Sciences Institute.

Page/s: 2
Source: Hollenbach 1975

Hollenbach, Bruce. 1975. "Discourse structure, interpropositional relations, and translation." NOT 1962–2002.

Page/s: 226–228, 238
Source: Halliday and Hasan 1976

Halliday, M. A. K., and Ruqaiya Hasan. 1976.Cohesion in English. London: Longman.

Page/s: 27
Source: Fleming 1988

Fleming, Ilah. 1988.Communication analysis: A stratificational approach. A field guide for communication situation, semantic, and morphemic analysis. Volume 2. Dallas, TX: Summer Institute of Linguistics.

Page/s: 77
Source: Beekman, Callow, and Kopesec 1981

Beekman, John, John Callow, and Michael Kopesec. 1981.The semantic structure of written communication. Dallas, TX: Summer Institute of Linguistics.

Page/s: 287–288
Source: Beekman and Callow 1974

Beekman, John, and John Callow. 1974.Translating the Word of God. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

Source: Banker 1996

Banker, John. 1996.A semantic structural analysis of Philippians. Dallas: Summer Institute of Linguistics. 1556710208.

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