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What is a prearrangement?

 

Definition
 

A prearrangement is a presequence in which an attempt is made to arrange for later contact, as by means of a question-answer sequence determining the availability of one of the participants.

Discussion
 

Prearrangements are frequently indistinguishable from preinvitations except in context.

Example (English)
 
  • In the following exchange, the prearrangement is expressed by means of a question-answer sequence determining the availability of one of the participants:

  • A: Erm, what are you doing today?
  • B: Er, well, I’m supervising at quarter past.
  • A: Er, yuh, why don't, er, would you like to come by after that?
  • B: I can't, I'm afraid, no.

  • Adapted from:

    Levinson 1983 347

  • Generic
      A prearrangement is a kind of
     
    Source
     

    Levinson 1983 347–348


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