Semiotics 1980 pp 485-491 | Cite as

More than Words can Say

  • Sarah Brey Simmons


Spoken language carries its message through a complex system which includes facial expression, gesture, and body posture in addition to the vocal elements of pause and pitch. The employment of these features is an integral part of the message, and their use or absence can alter the explicit statements. Speakers of a language know the inventory of these non-verbal accompaniments to speech and the variations which may occur without disrupting the message.


Lexical Item Speak Language Boundary Sentence Preceding Material Linguistic Aspect 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


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© Plenum Press, New York 1982

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