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A is for Adjacency Pairs

 

Which of the following two examples constitutes an adjacency pair?

1.       A:  I just saw you take the milk out of the fridge. Is there any more left? 

          B:  Sorry, no. I’ll go to the corner shop and get some more. 

2.       A:  I just saw you take the milk out of the fridge. Is there any more left? 

          B:  I’ve made you some sandwiches for lunch. 

Answer at the bottom of the page

Definition 

An adjacency pair is one complete two-part exchange with two turns which are relevant to each other (adhering to the Grice’s Maxim of relevance) 

Links to more information on adjacency pairs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Answer

No 1 is an adjacency pair as the reply is relevant to the query

No 2 is not an adjacency pair as the response has no relevance to the question about the milk. 

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