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phatic
American English: /ˈfædɪk/
British English: /ˈfatɪk/

Translation of phatic in Spanish:

adjective

  • Example sentences
    • But there are many instances where the address carries no more specific a meaning than is conveyed by ‘lovely days, isn't it ’, what the linguists call phatic utterances.
    • Roman Jakobson defines the phatic as a ‘contact function’ in language, ‘serving primarily to establish, to prolong, or to discontinue communication’ between speaker and interlocutor.
    • I made a phatic utterance that sounded something like ‘uhmmhmm.’

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