Glossary of Linguistic Terms

Rejection Finalizer


A rejection finalizer is a move that signals the speaker's acceptance of a rejection by another participant.

The rejection may be of an offer that has previously been made to the other participant.


The Okay in the last turn is a rejection finalizer:

  • A: Are you sure you don't want a cigarette?
  • B: No, I couldn't take your last but one.
  • A: Well, the last one actually—that would be my last one.
  • B: No thanks.
  • A: Go on, have it Rob.
  • B: No, no I'm not having it, I'd feel too bad.
  • A: Okay.
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