Glossary of Linguistic Terms

Prearrangement

Definition: 

A prearrangement is a presequence in which an attempt is made to arrange for later contact, as by means of a question-answer sequence determining the availability of one of the participants.

 

Discussion: 

Prearrangements are frequently indistinguishable from preinvitations except in context.

 

Examples: 

English

  • In the following exchange, the prearrangement is expressed by means of a question-answer sequence determining the availability of one of the participants:
    • A: Erm, what are you doing today?
    • B: Er, well, I’m supervising at quarter past.
    • A: Er, yuh, why don't, er, would you like to come by after that?
    • B: I can't, I'm afraid, no.
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