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ˈpær əˌlæŋ gwɪdʒpar·alan·guage

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  1. paralanguage, paralinguistic communicationnoun

    the use of manner of speaking to communicate particular meanings


  1. paralanguagenoun

    The non-verbal elements of speech, and to a limited extent of writing, used to modify meaning and convey emotion, such as pitch, volume, and intonation.


  1. Paralanguage

    Paralanguage is a component of meta-communication that may modify or nuance meaning, or convey emotion, such as prosody, pitch, volume, intonation etc. It is sometimes defined as relating to nonphonemic properties only. Paralanguage may be expressed consciously or unconsciously. The study of paralanguage is known as paralinguistics. While the term 'paralanguage' is often used to refer to non-verbal elements of speech, it should not be confused with kinesics, or the study of body language. While kinesics is non-linguistic, it is not necessarily related to vocal or written language: paralanguage is. Paralinguistic information, because it is phenomenal, belongs to the external speech signal but not to the arbitrary conventional code of language. The paralinguistic properties of speech play an important role in human speech communication. There are no utterances or speech signals that lack paralinguistic properties, since speech requires the presence of a voice that can be modulated. This voice must have some properties, and all the properties of a voice as such are paralinguistic. However, the distinction linguistic vs. paralinguistic applies not only to speech but to writing and sign language as well, and it is not bound to any sensory modality. Even vocal language has some paralinguistic as well as linguistic properties that can be seen, and even felt, e.g. by the Tadoma method.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of paralanguage in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of paralanguage in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

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    showing intellectual penetration or emotional depth
    • A. busy
    • B. frantic
    • C. profound
    • D. dependable

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