paralanguage(redirected from Paralingual)
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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
par•a•lan•guage(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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|Noun||1.||paralanguage - the use of manner of speaking to communicate particular meanings|
communication - something that is communicated by or to or between people or groups