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What is a presequence?



Here are two senses of presequence:

  1. A presequence is a sequence that

    • is used to introduce a conversational action, and
    • often prefigures a particular sort of action and secures the addressee's cooperation.
  2. A presequence is the specific turn that has the function of prefiguring the coming action.
Examples (English)
  • A preinvitational turn, such as are you doing anything this weekend?
  • A summons-answer sequence, such as the following exchange:

  • A: John?
  • B: Yes, honey?
  Here are some kinds of presequences:
  A presequence is a kind of

Levinson 1983 345–346

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