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What is a dispreferred second part?



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

  • consists of a response to the first part that is generally to be avoided, and
  • is likely to be marked by such features as

Examples (English)
  • A refusal in response to a request, offer, or invitation
  • A disagreement in response to an assessment
  • An unexpected answer in response to a question
  • An admission in response to blame
  A dispreferred second part is a kind of

Levinson 1983 333–336

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