Posted by ESC on September 29, 2003
In Reply to: Beatles and speech posted by Henry on September 29, 2003
: : 1.How to read "Beatles", the band's name? 'Beatles, or Be'atles?
: : 2."A linguist should be able to distinguish speech from language."
: : What is the difference between speech and language?
: : Thanks!
: The name of the Beatles is a play on words. it is a combination of Beetles, the insects, and beat, the rhythm of their music.
: What is the difference between speech and language? This seems a strange question to ask - the context of the original quotation would reveal more. Perhaps it refers to the differences beween the spoken and the written language.
Go to Merriam-Webster online at http://www.m-w.com/cgi-bin/dictionary for a definition of language. Language can be a means of communication that doesn't involve speech (talking). For example, signing is the language of some deaf people, but it doesn't involve speech.