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glances over towards Rosa in hopes of some kind of explanation. However, even Rosa didn’t know what Captain’s illustrators meant when paired up with the question “where were you born?” so she asks him to further explain what the behavior was supposed to represent with a disgruntled and concerned face: her eyebrows were pressing together, her eyes were squinted as she looked up and her chin leaned into her neck.Once Rosa was able to understand what it was that Captain Holt was trying to communicate, she reveals with her eyes some of her thoughts and emotions. The study of using the eyes to communicate is known as oculesics (Mullin, 2015, January 24). Rosa has very big brown eyes and in this scene she uses them effectively in order to give those around her an understanding of what she thinks of herself and those who surround her. When Rosa found out that Captain Holts mime was meant to be him tying a tie as a child, her face quickly went from being confused to 5
judging the exaggerated illustrations that Captain Holt was using to support his verbal language. She looked him straight in the eyes and kept very stern stare, not seeming to let him off the hook anytime soon until he realized that he was getting the death stare. The stare allows Rosa to feel asif she can have a sense of authority to judge a ridiculous action of her co-worker and for everyone else around to know too. The use of verbal and nonverbal language bridge together in almost every interaction portrayed in the scene. While words by themselves can represent either high or low language, things like the tone, pitch and volume can take lead for the entire words to be reinterpreted. However, when verbal and nonverbal language are both used in a correct context or situation, there can be successful communication and understanding, such as how Captain Holt was about to make Rosa understand what he was saying through just a few alterations.6
ReferencesMullin, D. (2015, January 20). Verbal communication (language). Class lecture forCommunication 1, Department of Communication, University of California, SantaBarbara. O’Hair, D., Wiemann, M., Mullin, D. I., & Teven, J. (2015). Real communication: Anintroduction (3 rd ed.). Boston, MA: Bedford/St.Martin’s.7