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What is a preannouncement?



A preannouncement is a presequence for an announcement of news.


It consists of a turn in which the announcing participant checks on the newsworthiness of the item, and may also consist of a turn in which the recipient allows or disallows the newsworthiness of the item before beginning a request-acceptance or question-answer sequence to elicit the announcement.

Example (English)
  • The first turn in the following exchange is a preannouncement:

  • A: Oh, guess what.
  • B: What?
  • A: Professor Deelies put another book on his order.
  • Adapted from:

    Terasaki 1976 36 cited by Levinson 1983 349

  • Generic
      A preannouncement is a kind of

    Levinson 1983 349–350


    Terasaki 1976 36

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