Difference between Speech and Language

As a parent it is vital to understand terms such as speech language. And know the difference between the two. We’ll also look at the term “communication” and clarify the differences between them.

What is speech?

Well according to Wikipedia, speech is the vocalized form of human communication. Which is by no means incorrect, however speech therapists view the term speech in ranges. Which are

  • Articulation/phonological skills
  • Speech fluency
  • Voice

What is language?

While speech involves the physical motor ability to talk, language is a symbolic, rule governed system used to transfer a message. In English, the symbols can be words, either spoken or written. Language can also be defined as being made up of socially shared rules. Some of these “rule” systems that govern a language include

  • Phonology
  • Morphology
  • Syntax
  • Semantics
  • Pragmatics

What is communication?

Communication is the manner of conveying a message or meaning to establish a shared understanding. You do not need speech or a shared language to communicate.

Remember: You can have language without speech!

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