Studies in honor of Eddo Rigotti
Jacques Moeschler: Causality and non-iconic order
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Causality and non-iconic order
JACQUES MOESCHLER, University of Geneva
Causal relationships in discourse exhibit a specific linguistic property: the order of the discourse segments, as indicated by causal connectives, is not iconic, it does not reproduce the order of events in the world. Causal order in discourse is non-iconic, because it has a consequence-cause order rather than the iconic cause-consequence one.
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