Glossary of Linguistic Terms

Blocking Circumstance


A blocking circumstance is a factor, sometimes expressed along with a concession relation, that:

  • thwarts an expected event or state
  • results in an unexpected event or state

In the following example, you’re not big enough is the blocking circumstance and the concession is I know you want to play. The implied unexpected state is not being able to play:

  • I know you want to play, but you’re not big enough.

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