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paralanguage

[par-uh-lang-gwij] /ˈpær əˌlæŋ gwɪdʒ/
noun, Linguistics
1.
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 expressions and gestures.
Compare body language.
Origin
1955-1960
1955-60; para-1 + language
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British Dictionary definitions for para language

paralanguage

/ˈpærəˌlæŋɡwɪdʒ/
noun
1.
(linguistics) nonverbal elements in speech, such as intonation, that may affect the meaning of an utterance
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Word Origin and History for para language

paralanguage

n.

1958, from para- (1) + language.

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