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Have You Heard About Vocal Cues?

Vocal cues are not words, but sound made by our vocal cord. We all make these sounds, but generally we do not focus on it’s usage. This is an important element of nonverbal communication.

Have you heard about vocal cues?

Vocal Cues, we all are using this since we have learnt to make sounds. Generally we do not focus on this, we use this. A vocal cue is not a word, it just a sound made by our vocal cords. These vocal cues express different types of physical and as well as mental state of a communicating person. Vocal cues play a vital role in nonverbal communication.

Think once you get annoyed on some one, you make a sound, which is not a word but the other people arround you understands that you are angry. Just after scoring a goal in a football match, people shout with some sounds expressing their joy. All these are not words, but sounds made by your vocal cord. These are vocal cues.

Researchers have found that four major emotions can be expressed (joy, sadness, anger, and fear) by uttering same sentence with the difference in vocal cue. So during communication we all should remain careful about the usage of vocal cues. At the same time a definite focus should be kept as our verbal message do not get conflicted with our vocal cues.

There are Eight Attributes of speech which provides important vocal cues. These are

1.    Loudness

2.    Pitch

3.    Rate of talking or the speed

4.    Quality

5.    Regularity

6.    Articulation

7.    Pronunciation and

8.    Silence

The utility of vocal cues varies according to time, environment and sentiment of the speaker. The most common usages of vocal cues are to express happiness, satisfaction, danger, annoyance, pain, warning etc. There may be some variations of vocal cues society to society, culture to culture, but this is always used to send message.

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  1. Sagar Chowdhury

    On September 10, 2010 at 4:22 pm

    Great again!

  2. SharifaMcFarlane

    On September 10, 2010 at 6:26 pm

    The environment will determine what voal cues are appropriate. I liked reading your article.

  3. Borhan

    On September 11, 2010 at 7:31 am

    Yes, Sharifa. Environment and time both have some special impact on vocal cues. Added you as a friend.

  4. BriannaMorgan

    On September 14, 2010 at 5:13 am

    I like this

  5. Ostrich

    On June 22, 2011 at 5:01 am

    this is so true.

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