Definition of paralanguage in English:

paralanguage

Line breaks: para|lan¦guage
Pronunciation: /ˈparəlaŋɡwɪdʒ
 
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noun

[mass noun]
The non-lexical component of communication by speech, for example intonation, pitch and speed of speaking, hesitation noises, gesture, and facial expression.
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  • In oral discourse, speakers use visual cues provided by paralanguage, kinesics and synchrony to complement verbal language.
  • When your voice is the main focus it's called ‘Paralanguage.’ It consists of how something is said rather than what is said. Voice quality, tone of voice, laughing and yawning are included.

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