Paralangue and Kinesics

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Use of Paralanguage and Kinesics

The use of kinesics and paralanguage in everyday life is the most

prominent use of persuasion we use subconsciously. They are used

subconsciously because you may not know what they mean. Which can

cause cultural tension if you do something that may seem harmless to you

but may be a great insult to another culture. Paralanguage has many forms

such as whistling which can be used by many people as a means of

entertaining by whistling a song or even in American culture used to hound

women on the streets because they appear to be attractive. These two uses of

persuasion I will discuss about in my paper. I will discuss the history of

both and also how they are used today in everyday life.

To start of with I will define kinesics. Kinesics is articulation of the

body, or movement resulting from muscular and skeletal shift.

This includes

all actions, physical or physiological, automatic reflexes, posture, facial

expressions, gestures, and other body movements. Body language, body

idiom, gesture language, organ language and kinesic acts are just some terms

used to depict kinesics. In ways that body language works in nonverbal acts,

body language parallels paralanguage. Kinesic acts may substitute for

language, accompany it, or modify it. Kinesic acts may be lexical or

informative and directive in nature, or they may be emotive or empathic

movements. Posture is one of the components of kinesics. Posture is broken

down into three basic positions: bent knees, lying down, and standing.

Artists and mimes have always been aware of the range of communication

possible through body stance. But there are some cultural differences in

posture positions. Most people use the bent knee position to eat, but while

the Romans used to eat lying down. Prince Peter of...