One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A secondary or covert route for the passage of information.‘we used him as a diplomatic backchannel’
- ‘In a sense, he is right that backchannels always exist and always will.’
- ‘Secret White House backchannels (discovered from recently released White House tapes) are used to support the book's contention.’
- ‘A friend calls my weblog ‘the backchannel to my brain’, and in a way, it is.’
A sound or gesture made to give continuity to a conversation by a person who is listening to another.as modifier ‘supportive backchannel cues’
- ‘Amongst these are what have been characterised in the literature as backchannels, minimal response or receipt tokens, and include items such as Yeah, Oh, Right, and Great.’
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