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What is an adjacency pair?

 

Definition
 

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.

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

Levinson 1983 303–304

 

Crystal 1987 415


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