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VO4TA: Paralanguage

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VO4TA: Paralanguage

 

If I allowed it, Wikipedia could be the ruin of me - and it sometimes it is.  

 

Paralanguage is a component of meta-communication that may modify or nuance meaning, or convey emotion, such as prosody, pitch, volume, intonation etc.”  

 

Isn’t that what we do ALL DAY LONG in voiceover? It continues…

 

“The paralinguistic properties of speech play an important role in human 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… Even vocal language has some paralinguistic as well as linguistic properties that can be seen (lip reading, McGurk effect), and even felt, e.g. by the Tadoma method.”

 

Make with the clicky, Gentle Reader.  

 

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Hugh P. Klitzke blogs at voiceoverfortheactor.com

 

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