[ par-uh-lang-gwij ]
/ ˈpær əˌlæŋ gwɪdʒ /
vocal features that accompany speech and contribute to communication but are not generally considered to be part of the language system, as vocal quality, loudness, and tempo: sometimes also including facial expressions and gestures.
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British Dictionary definitions for paralanguage
/ (ˈpærəˌlæŋɡwɪdʒ) /
linguistics nonverbal elements in speech, such as intonation, that may affect the meaning of an utterance
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