Definition of paralinguistic in English:


Line breaks: para|lin¦guis¦tic
Pronunciation: /parəlɪŋˈgwɪstɪk


  • Relating to or denoting paralanguage or the non-lexical elements of communication by speech.
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    • I agree with his dissection of McClellan's delivery, and I think that all of the paralinguistic cues may have informed the White House stenographer's interpretation of McClellan's interjection.
    • From a practical standpoint, it is impossible to capture nonverbal and paralinguistic cues from early presidents' speeches.
    • Video-clips of instructors were used so that perceivers would have access to paralinguistic information, which is presumably important in altruist-detection.

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