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What is a post-sequence?



A post-sequence is a sequence that is subordinate to and follows another sequence. It remedies some unresolved matter relating to the dominant sequence.

Example (English)
  • The third through fifth turns of the following exchange are a post-sequence. They resolve some doubt concerning the fulfillment of the sincerity conditions in the first sequence’s acceptance of the request of the first turn:

  • A: Would you mind dropping this off for me on your way to work?
  • B: Yeah, I guess so.
  • A: ’Cause I’m gonna be late getting off because I have to iron something to wear.
  • B: Well, I will if it’s not too crowded.
  • A: O.K.

  • Source:

    McLaughlin 1984 185

  • Generic
      A post-sequence is a kind of

    McLaughlin 1984 184–185

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