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Discourse connections—managing inferences across perspectives

Arie Verhagen

in Constructions of Intersubjectivity

Published in print June 2007 | ISBN: 9780199226702
Published online January 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191706646 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199226702.003.0004
Discourse connections—managing inferences across perspectives

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This chapter discusses discourse connections and managing inferences across perspectives. It expounds on concession by describing the two paradoxes of duality and domain theory, background assumptions and mental spaces, the double link between epistemic concessive and epistemic causals, and concessivity and negated causality. The negation of causality and the source of scope-phenomena and the negation of concession producing contradiction are both shown. Arguing, reasoning, and construing causes are also explained. Causal connectives imposing constraints on perspectives are also discussed, illustrated by the Dutch want and omdat. Causal connectives and the structure of the construal configuration are explained, including inferential and non-inferential causal relations.

Keywords: discourse connections; inferences; duality; domain theory; epistemic concessive; epistemic causals; concessivity; negated causality; causal connectives; Dutch

Chapter.  20993 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Grammar, Syntax and Morphology

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