Term: Phatic Speech

Definition:

Phatic speech or phatic communication consists of words or phrases that have a social function and are not meant literally. When people are thanked, they often say You're welcome in reply, and this is meant to show politeness and not to be interpreted as literally welcoming them.

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Grammar Topic:  Discourse

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