Glossary of Linguistic Terms

Preclosing

Definition: 

A preclosing is a presequence that signals the end of a conversation is near. It provides opportunity for the discussion of any additional remaining topic before the participants proceed with the closing sequence.

Examples: 

(English)

The okays in the following exchange express a preclosing:

  • A: Okay?
  • B: Okay.
  • A: Bye.
  • B: Bye.
  • Source: 

    Glossary Hierarchy