Glossary of Linguistic Terms

Internal Relation

Definition: 

An internal relation is an interpropositional relation that relates the situations described in the propositions by their communicative usage as opposed to relating the situations described by the propositions.

Examples: 

(English)

  • If you’re free tonight, there's a party at Bill’s house.

This example contrasts with the following sentence, which is an example of an external relation sequence:

  • f it doesn’t rain, there will be a party at Bill’s house.
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