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Is there a term for the set of conversational actions/tools that instead of exchanging direct information, seek to instead affect a certain emotional state? Examples of such actions would include compliments, taunts, threats, (to express) doubt, etc. Is there any branch of linguists that studies this aspect of verbal communication?

  • Pragmatics is the branch of linguistics that studies this. There are some cover terms, like impositive, which covers all types of speech that try to impose the speaker's will on the addressee, like ordering, questioning, directing, insisting, etc. – jlawler May 25 '20 at 21:03
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    Speech act theory, to a certain extent. – phipsgabler May 26 '20 at 9:35
  • I'm not sure whether Rhetoric can be subsumed under linguistics, but there you can find a wealth of well-known and named techniques to affect the emotional state of the recipients of verbal communication. – jk - Reinstate Monica Nov 18 '20 at 18:34
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Adding to the previous reply. when the speaker's will will be converted into an output, the impact is emotionional at the end. So Emotion is involved in creating a psychological state. I think psycholinguistics is involved as well in this relation. Impact of meaning (semantics) of words on our emotions where collaboration with other disciplines, like neurosciences, cognitive neurosciences, cognitive psychology, etc.

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