Unifying contrast and denial


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Some apparent differences: (i) Denials are essentially a dialogue phenomenon as is obvious from the fact that (ii) denials taken out of their dialogue context are often plain contradictions (Horn, 1989), and for this reason (iii) their analysis necessarily involves nonmonotonic operations. Contrast on the other hand is (i’) a discourse relation frequently occuring in monologue, (ii’) never involving overt contradictions (*I am hungry but I am not hungry)1 and therefore (iii’) often treated as an essentially monotonic phenomenon: what licenses a contrastive conjunction is not overt contradiction, but rather a conflict between what’s defeasibly implied by the first and second conjuncts.
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