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.
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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
- Adjacency Pairs – from Wikipedia
- What is an adjacency pair? from SIL
- Adjacency pairs in Pragmatics – from Buzzle.com
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.