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A classical type (5)

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I believe the answer is:

alpha

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'a classical type' is the definition.
The answer and definition can be both related to communication as well as being singular nouns.
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(Other definitions for alpha that I've seen before include "European character" , "Foreign character" , "Burrowing American rodent" , "Leading Greek character" , "starter" .)

I've seen this clue in The Globe and Mail.
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