Glossary of Linguistic Terms

Prerequest

Definition: 

A prerequest is a presequence that prefigures a request, possibly by ascertaining the ability of the respondent to satisfy the coming request.

Examples: 

The first two turns of the following exchange are a prerequest:

  • A: Do you have blackberry jam?
  • B: Yes.
  • A: Okay. Can I have half a pint then?
  • B: Sure.
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