- The various non-semantic aspects of speech (such as volume, pitch, and emphasis) by which individuals communicate meaning.
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Paralanguage — refers to the non verbal elements of communication used to modify meaning and convey emotion. Paralanguage may be expressed consciously or unconsciously, and it includes the pitch, volume, and, in some cases, intonation of speech. Sometimes the… … Wikipedia
paralanguage — (n.) 1958, from PARA (Cf. para ) + LANGUAGE (Cf. language) … Etymology dictionary
paralanguage — [par′ə laŋ΄gwij] n. nonverbal means of communication, such as tone of voice, laughter, and, sometimes, gestures and facial expressions, that accompany speech and convey further meaning … English World dictionary
paralanguage — noun Date: 1958 optional vocal effects (as tone of voice) that accompany or modify the phonemes of an utterance and that may communicate meaning … New Collegiate Dictionary
paralanguage — /par euh lang gwij/, n. Ling. vocal features that accompany speech and contribute to communication but are not generally considered to be part of the language system, as vocal quality, loudness, and tempo: sometimes also including facial… … Universalium
paralanguage — noun The non verbal elements of communication used to modify meaning and convey emotion, such as pitch, volume, and intonation … Wiktionary
paralanguage — n. non verbal vocal features that accompany speech in order to communicate specific meanings … English contemporary dictionary
paralanguage — noun the non lexical component of communication by speech, for example intonation, hesitation noises, gesture, and facial expression … English new terms dictionary
paralanguage — para·language … English syllables
paralanguage — par•a•lan•guage [[t]ˈpær əˌlæŋ gwɪdʒ[/t]] n. ling. features that accompany speech and contribute to communication but are not considered part of the language system, esp. vocal features, as voice quality • Etymology: 1955–60 … From formal English to slang