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What is a prerequest?



A prerequest is a presequence that prefigures a request, possibly by ascertaining the ability of the respondent to satisfy the coming request.

Example (English)
  • The first two turns of the following exchange are a prerequest:

  • A: Do you have blackberry jam?
  • B: Yes.
  • A: Okay. Can I have half a pint then?
  • B: Sure.
  • Adapted from:

    Merritt 1976 324, cited by Levinson 1983 347

  • Generic
      A prerequest is a kind of

    Levinson 1983 347


    Merritt 1976 324

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