Glossary of Linguistic Terms

Relational Proposition

Definition: 

A relational proposition is a proposition that

  • arises as an implicature between two propositions or groups of propositions that are related by an interpropositional relation
  • expresses a relation
  • arises even where the relation is not signaled in the text, as by a conjunction, and
  • produces coherence in the text.
Examples: 

I’m hungry. Let’s go to the Fuji Gardens.

There is a relational proposition in this sequence that expresses a solutionhood relation and means "our going to Fuji Gardens is a (partial) solution to my problem of being hungry."