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Preferred Second Part

Preferred Second Part

A preferred second part is a second part of an adjacency pair that

  • consists of a sort of response to the first part that is not avoided by participants, and
  • is less likely than a dispreferred second part to be formally marked by such features as

    • delays
    • prefaces, and
    • accounts.

Preferred second parts are frequently indistinguishable from prearrangements except by context.

  • An acceptance in response to a request, offer, or invitation
  • An agreement in response to an assessment
  • An expected answer in response to a question
  • A denial in response to blame
Page/s: 332–336
Source: Levinson 1983

Levinson, Stephen C. 1983.Pragmatics. Cambridge, England: Cambridge University.

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