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An inexplicit commentary framing the explicit message of a communicative act, typically reflected in the manner of communication and especially in nonverbal cues (such as tone of voice). It can variously identity the modality status of the communication, the evaluative stance of the communicator, the preferred reading, and/or the relationship of the participants (see communicative relationships). For instance, a message delivered ‘tongue in cheek’. See also communication style; metacommunication.

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