Usage: Nonverbal independence is a reminder that messages emitted by
gestures, clothing styles, and consumer products, e.g., have "lives of their
own," not unlike the secondary products of aromatic herbs and medicinal
plants. The mouth-like shape of an automobile's vehicular
grille, for instance, evolved apart from the vehicle's energy,
mechanical, or safety needs.
Cheek flange. A dramatic example of nonverbal independence is the conspicuous cheek flange of the adult male orangutan, which evolved solely for purposes of communication (see MESSAGING FEATURE, Biology).
See also AROMA CUE, HERBS & SPICES.
Copyright 1998 - 2010 (David B. Givens/Center for Nonverbal Studies)
Photo of the late, great orangutan, Ken Allen (copyright Zoological Society of San Diego)