Glossary of Linguistic Terms

Negative Conditional Relation

Definition: 

A negative conditional relation is a conditional relation

  • in which the consequent is related to the opposite meaning of the antecedent, and
  • that is marked on
    • the antecedent to carry the meaning equivalent to "unless," or
    • the consequent to carry the meaning equivalent to "otherwise."
Examples: 

(English)

Unless it rains, we’ll have our picnic.

I was not informed; otherwise I should have taken some action.

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