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What is a preferred second part?

 

Definition
 

A preferred second part is a second part of an adjacency pair that

 
Discussion
 

Preferred second parts are frequently indistinguishable from prearrangements except by context.

Examples
 
  • An acceptance in response to a request, offer, or invitation
  • An agreement in response to an assessment
  • An expected answer in response to a question
  • A denial in response to blame
Generic
  A preferred second part is a kind of
 
Source
 

Levinson 1983 332–336


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