AskDefine | Define speaking

Dictionary Definition

speaking adj
1 capable of or involving speech or speaking; "human beings--the speaking animals"; "a speaking part in the play" [syn: speaking(a)] [ant: nonspeaking]
2 capable of speech; "the speaking animal" [syn: speaking(a), speech-endowed]


1 the utterance of intelligible speech [syn: speech production]
2 delivering an address to a public audience; "people came to see the candidates and hear the speechmaking" [syn: public speaking, speechmaking, oral presentation]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. The action of the verb to speak.


  1. Used in speaking.
    one's normal speaking voice


  1. present participle of speak

Extensive Definition

Speech refers to the processes associated with the production and perception of sounds used in spoken language. A number of academic disciplines study speech and speech sounds, including acoustics, psychology, speech pathology, linguistics, and computer science.

Speech production

In linguistics (articulatory phonetics), manner of articulation describes how the tongue, lips, and other speech organs are involved in making a sound make contact. Often the concept is only used for the production of consonants. For any place of articulation, there may be several manners, and therefore several homorganic consonants.

Speech perception

Speech perception refers to the processes by which humans are able to interpret and understand the sounds used in language. The study of speech perception is closely linked to the fields of phonetics and phonology in linguistics and cognitive psychology and perception in psychology. Research in speech perception seeks to understand how human listeners recognize speech sounds and use this information to understand spoken language. Speech research has applications in building computer systems that can recognize speech, as well as improving speech recognition for hearing- and language-impaired listeners.

Problems involving speech

seealso Speech pathology
There are several biological and psychological factors that can affect speech. Among these are:
  1. Diseases and disorders of the lungs or the vocal cords, including paralysis, respiratory infections, vocal fold nodules and cancers of the lungs and throat.
  2. Diseases and disorders of the brain, including alogia, aphasias, dysarthria, dystonia and speech processing disorders, where impaired motor planning, nerve transmission, phonological processing or perception of the message (as opposed to the actual sound) leads to poor speech production.
  3. Hearing problems, such as otitis media effusion can lead to phonological problems.
  4. Articulatory problems, such as stuttering, lisping, cleft palate, ataxia, or nerve damage leading to problems in articulation. Tourette syndrome and tics can also affect speech.
  5. In addition to aphasias, anomia and certain types of dyslexia can impede the quality of auditory perception, and therefore, expression. Hearing impairments and deafness can be considered to fall into this category.

See also

speaking in Estonian: Kõne
speaking in English: Speech
speaking in Spanish: Habla
speaking in Occitan (post 1500): Paraula

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