paralanguage

paralanguage

[par-uh-lang-gwij]
noun Linguistics.
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:
1955–60; para-1 + language

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paralanguage (ˈpærəˌlæŋɡwɪdʒ)
 
n
linguistics nonverbal elements in speech, such as intonation, that may affect the meaning of an utterance

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