I thought I knew everything about how people communicate with language, but I was proven wrong when l acquired of paralanguage, or vocalics .
It’s described as “a component of meta-communication that may modify meaning, supply nuanced meaning, or transfer emotion, by using techniques such as prosody (patterns of rhythm), pitch, volume, intonation, etc.” One aspect of vocalics is something called “paralinguistic respiration” exemplified by gasps, sighs, moans as well as groans, throat-clearing (ahem), as well as my preferred one, “mhm”.
I’ve got my “mhms” down to an art form. I can be on the iphone as well as doing a crossword puzzle while someone goes on as well as on about their concerns. Whenever there is a brief gap in the conversation I simply throw in a timely “mhm” that fills the gap as well as allows the speaker to go on. I had my own tale of woe a few weeks ago when our furnace stopped laboring leaving our family wrapped in blankets to stay warm. I used paralanguage at superb length when I called our Heating, Ventilation, as well as A/C professional to schedule a repair. I emitted a sigh of thanks when the dispatcher picked up the iphone, then next, I let out a series of moans as well as groans, but they were not because I was having a pleasurable experience. Instead, I was eximportant my pain because the Heating, Ventilation, as well as A/C Tech was booked until the following week. Next, I gasped loudly when I discovered how much the repair call would cost myself and others because I did not have an extended Heating, Ventilation, as well as A/C warranty. The dispatcher had to say some loud “ahems” as my thoughts drifted to the next month when my furnace would be back on as well as I could let out a sigh of relief. When I suppose about it, that Heating, Ventilation, as well as A/C dispatcher was almost as nice at “mhms” as I am.