Definition of paralinguistics in English:

paralinguistics

noun

Linguistics
  • The branch of linguistics which studies non-phonemic aspects of speech, such as tone of voice, tempo, etc.; non-phonemic characteristics of communication; paralanguage.

Origin

1950s; earliest use found in Archibald Anderson Hill (b. 1902). From para- + linguistic: see quot. 1958.

Pronunciation

paralinguistics

/ˌparəlɪŋˈɡwɪstɪks/