This paper illustrates the need for study of the interdependencies between verbal and nonverbal behavior treated as a unified form of activity, manifesting itself in face-to-face communication. Invoking the principles of Human-Centered Linguistics the author treats communication not as something passed on via language, but rather as something to which language merely contributes. One of the consequences of such an approach to this issue is a reassignment of focus. Rather than attention being drawn to linguistic phenomena, the spotlight is on the communicative properties of the interlocutors, creatively utilizing various elements of the interactional “symbolic spaces.” With reference to the above, the communicative action is perceived as a function of choices correlating verbal and nonverbal signs and signals. Light is also shed on the advantages stemming from an integrated modeling of communicative phenomena.
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