In linguistics, a phatic expression (pronounced /ˈfætɨk/) is one whose only function is to perform a social task, as opposed to conveying information. The term was coined by anthropologist Bronisław Malinowski in the early 1900s. For example, “you’re welcome” is not intended to convey the message that the hearer is welcome; it is a phatic response to being thanked, which in turn...
Ambient intimacy is about being able to keep in touch with people with a level...– Ambient Intimacy | disambiguity
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You can now download a pdf of the Agents of Proximity publication Brunswick: A Travel Guide that Victoria Stead and I produced in 2008.
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