Chapter published in:Discourse Studies in Public Communication
Edited by Eliecer Crespo-Fernández
[Discourse Approaches to Politics, Society and Culture 92] 2021
► pp. 246–271
Paralinguistic resources in persuasive business communication in English and Spanish
This study presents the results of research carried out to unveil how nonverbal paralinguistic signs are used in persuasive business communication in two parallel Spanish/British English corpora of TV entrepreneurial pitches. A specific analytic method has been developed to identify discrete nonverbal signs together with their function in the communicative acts studied, to ascertain frequency of sign use and the influence L1 and gender may exert on the quantity, type, and function of such devices. Results show that of all devices (i.e., volume, tone, speed, sound-lengthening, emotional reactions, quasi-lexical elements, and pauses), pauses are the most profusely used (65% of the cases), although both variables (L1 and gender) have a bearing on the socio-communicative variations of paralinguistic devices among different subjects.
Keywords: nonverbal communication, paralanguage, persuasion, variation, socio-communicative patterns, business communication
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