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1.n. In Jakobson's model of linguistic communication, the physical channel together with the psychological connection between the addresser and addressee. In his list of functions, orientation towards this factor is the phatic function.

2.n. (journalism) A person who provides information for a story.

3.n. and v. Touch: see haptics.

4.v. To initiate a communication with someone.

Subjects: Media Studies.

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