UCL Working Papers in Linguistics 12 (2000)

Although revisited


This paper offers an analysis of the meaning of although set within the framework of Relevance Theory. In line with Iten (1998b), although is seen as encoding procedural information that constrains the inferential processes involved in the derivation of implicatures. However, the current account differs from Iten (1998b) in several points. First, it suggests that utterances of the form Q although P or Although P, Q encode a single logical form that can be developed into a single proposition expressed. Second, it proposes that the procedural meaning of although indicates that the hearer is to suspend an inference.

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