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What is an account?

 

Definition
 

An account is an explanation as to why a dispreferred second part is given as a response in an adjacency pair.

Discussion
 

An account is a frequent feature of dispreferred second parts.

Example (English)
 
  • B’s response I’m supervising here in the following adjacency pair is an account:

  • A: What about coming here on the way; or doesn’t that give you enough time?
  • B: Well no; I’m supervising here.

    Adapted from:

    Levinson 1983 335

  • Source
     

    Levinson 1983 334–335


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