Pauses, silence and tone of voice are all categorized under the non-verbal channels of communication. Intonation patterns carry a lot of meaning in English. In fact, this is a high-context aspect of the way English is used. Various other languages stress all syllables equally; for speakers of those languages the meaning carried by stress in English is not transparent.
Nb. Silence is understood to mean silence as used deliberately to communicating something (disagreement, for example). The length of pauses – during conversations in person but also on the phone – is tolerated differently according to cultural preferences.
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