Posted by TheFallen on September 29, 2003
In Reply to: Beatles and speech posted by ESC 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.
...or to put it more bluntly, speech is about sound and language about meaning.