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Co Verbal Communication

Paralanguage or coverbal communication refers to the vocal cues that accompany spoken language. It is not what we say, but how we say it, encompassing the tone and emphasis of the spoken words.

Puerto Rican Culture American Majority Culture

The tone of voice is often high-pitched.

Daily conversation is conducted in a louder voice. It does not mean anger or hostility.

The tone of voice is low pitched.

People usually use a soft-spoken tone in daily conversation and will only raise their voice in tense or hostile situations.

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