LIN486H5 Lecture 5: Language and Nonverbal Communication: Importance and Functions
No discussion of communication is complete without the inclusion of nonverbal behaviours . Learning to communicate effectively and appropriately in intercultural interactions requires knowledge of both verbal and nonverbal code systems. Just as our verbal behaviours (ie. language use, politeness, etc. ) are influenced by the cultural socialization process, many of our nonverbal actions (ie. use of space, gestures, volume of speech, etc) are affected by our linguistic and cultural background. Nonverbal communication: the use of non-spoken symbols to communicate a message, whether it be intentionally or not . The situation as perceived by the two (context, environment, time) Some scholars believe this is the single most powerful form of communication because it is estimated to convey 93% of meaning in conversations. Both verbal and nonverbal codes may communicate meaning together or separately . Language used varies depending on the person"s rate, tone and volume of speech.