What is speech?

  • (noun): The act of delivering a formal spoken communication to an audience.
    Synonyms: address
    See also — Additional definitions below


Speech is the vocalized form of human communication. It is based upon the syntactic combination of lexicals and names that are drawn from very large (usually about 10,000 different words) vocabularies. Each spoken word is created out of the phonetic combination of a limited set of vowel and consonant speech sound units. These vocabularies, the syntax which structures them, and their set of speech sound units differ, creating the existence of many thousands of different types of mutually unintelligible human languages. Most human speakers (polyglots) are able to communicate in two or more of them. The vocal abilities that enable humans to produce speech also provide humans with the ability to sing.

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Some articles on speech:

... FreeTTS is an open source speech synthesis system written entirely in the Java programming language ... FreeTTS is an implementation of Sun's Java Speech API ... FreeTTS supports end-of-speech markers ...
Temple University - Historical
... During his acceptance speech Pearson criticised American bombing of Vietnam, The seemingly harmless speech infuriated former President Lyndon B ... Pearson later apologized for the speech ...
Foreign Accent Syndrome - Occurrences - Dallas Woman, 2004
... Along with the change in her speech, she also began to have seizures ... at the University of Texas at Dallas has sound clips of her speech from before the incident, and after her speech had been affected ...
Festival Speech Synthesis System
... Festival is a general multi-lingual speech synthesis system originally developed by Alan W ... Black at Centre for Speech Technology Research (CSTR) at the University of Edinburgh ... It offers a full text to speech system with various APIs, as well as an environment for development and research of speech synthesis techniques ...
Classes of Illocutionary Acts
... classification of illocutionary speech acts assertives = speech acts that commit a speaker to the truth of the expressed proposition directives = speech acts that are to cause the hearer to take a particular action ... requests, commands and advice commissives = speech acts that commit a speaker to some future action, e.g ... promises and oaths expressives = speech acts that express on the speaker's attitudes and emotions towards the proposition, e.g ...

More definitions of "speech":

  • (noun): Something spoken.
    Example: "He could hear them uttering merry speeches"
  • (noun): The exchange of spoken words.
    Example: "They were perfectly comfortable together without speech"
  • (noun): The mental faculty or power of vocal communication.
    Synonyms: language
  • (noun): Words making up the dialogue of a play.
    Example: "The actor forgot his speech"
    Synonyms: actor's line, words
  • (noun): Your characteristic style or manner of expressing yourself orally.
    Example: "Her speech was barren of southernisms"; "I detected a slight accent in his speech"
    Synonyms: manner of speaking, delivery

Famous quotes containing the word speech:

    Tell X that speech is not dirty silence
    Clarified. It is silence made still dirtier.
    Wallace Stevens (1879–1955)

    Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.
    —Bible: New Testament St. Paul, in Colossians, 4:6.