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The set of nonphonemic properties of speech, such as speaking tempo, vocal pitch, and intonational contours, that can be used to communicate attitudes or other shades of meaning.


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


(ˈpær əˌlæŋ gwɪdʒ)

features that accompany speech and contribute to communication but are not considered part of the language system, esp. vocal features, as voice quality.
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Noun1.paralanguage - the use of manner of speaking to communicate particular meanings
communication - something that is communicated by or to or between people or groups
manner of speaking, delivery, speech - your characteristic style or manner of expressing yourself orally; "his manner of speaking was quite abrupt"; "her speech was barren of southernisms"; "I detected a slight accent in his speech"


[ˈpærəˌlæŋgwɪdʒ] Nparalenguaje m
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Put another way, observable kinesics not only served as paralingual adjuncts to the spoken word, but also demonstrated the effects of the conversation on the "embodied selves" (page 93, emphasis in original) of the prisoners and visitors.
This observation is not in agreement with Leppi8 reporting that the gland is formed of two components greater and lesser sublingual glands, the greater part present only in 50 Percent cases while lesser is always present in the anterior portion of the paralingual space.
In the operating room, a midline mandibulotomy with paralingual extension was performed to access the tumor.