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What is an adjacency pair?



An adjacency pair is a unit of conversation that contains an exchange of one turn each by two speakers. The turns are functionally related to each other in such a fashion that the first turn requires a certain type or range of types of second turn.

  • A greeting–greeting pair
  • A question–answer pair
  An adjacency pair is a kind of

Levinson 1983 303–304


Crystal 1987 415

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