State of affairs
The term state of affairs is a synonym of situation, i.e. it is used as a cover term for states, processes and actions.
- “The term ‘State of Affairs’ is here used in the wide sense of ‘conception of something which can be the case in some world’.” (Dik 1997:105)
Lyons (1977:483) used "state-of-affairs" in a non-technical sense as a synonym of state.
Perhaps state of affairs was first used in this sense by Dik (1978).
- Dik 1978
- Dik 1997
- Van Valin & LaPolla 1997