We explain what speech is and what are the components of this human capacity. In addition, its disorders and theories of speech act.
What is Speech?
The word speaks comes from the Latin word flabel, which refers to the ability to speak, typical of the human being. This is a faculty that people begin to develop gradually, expanding their vocabulary over the course of their childhood.
Societies over time are building different languages, which function as instruments admitted and transmitted by the community itself, thanks to which individuals can communicate with each other. While language is the set of signs and rules with which that code understood by all manifests itself, speech is the individual appropriation of the language, which is acquired in a much more passive way.
This distinction was the one formalized by Ferdinand de Saussure, the Swiss linguist father of semiology, which is the discipline that deals with signs (and understands them as an acoustic image). -concept) and its social behavior.
It can serve you: Elements of Communication.
- Articulation It is the way in which the sounds of a letter are generated.
- Voice. Use the vocal cord system and breathing to speak.
- Fluency. Rhythm with which messages are transmitted.
It consists of problems that prevent a subject from making proper use of the voice, not being able to make sounds correctly or because of the shape or rhythm. It is often confused with language disorders, but they are not the same, since the latter is related to the understanding of what others say. Although both types of pathologies can occur simultaneously.
Some examples of speech disorders are dysrhythmias and stuttering.
Theory of speech acts
Regarding the philosophy of human language, one of the first authors to deepen about speech was John Austin, who developed the well-known theory about speech acts . This theory includes oral communication between one person and another, understanding that the message is captured and produces an effect on the recipient.
Austin's first classification is done according to the function of the sentence:
- Call center. the statements themselves, any of the acts based on saying something. Its components are three, the phonetic, which corresponds to the emission of sounds, the factual, which is the combination of words in sentences, and the rhetoric, which is the use of those words in the form of meaning and cohesion. " The doctor told me 'take these pills' " would be a sentence of this kind.
- Ilocutorios. in the facet of the intention contained in the statement, in the force that will end up producing an effect on the recipient. Inform, warn, threaten, promise or order, among others: 'The doctor advised me to take a few days off . ' Within this dimension corresponding to the intention, two actions are distinguished that will be very different: direct and indirect.
- Direct acts they are those in which the speaker clearly expresses his intention to speak. The so-called ' primary ilocutory act' It is mentioned.
- Indirect acts they are those that the intention must be interpreted by the receiver. It will be a reading 'between the lines', which will generate a secondary ilocutory act: (before the question of going to dance) 'I have a lot to study'
- Perlocutory the dimension that deals with the effects that the word will necessarily have on the recipient. It is the dimension that focuses on the interlocutor, and will vary according to who this is. ' The doctor convinced me to take a few days off . '
In the case of the sequences of several speech acts, organized in the form of dialogue, a new act can be detached. This is the macro-speech act, which will be a brief summary, the main and main part of the process of several speech acts, performed by one or several people. An example of this could be an invitation to a place, or a promise. The macro-act of speech may also be direct or indirect, whether or not there is an explanation.
Depending on their purpose, acts can be classified as:
- Assertive acts when the speaker uses them to affirm or deny something, talking about reality.
- Expressive acts. Are those that verbalize an emotional emotional state.
- Management acts In them, the main facet is the intention, in the sense of convincing something, whether of an idea or a way of acting.
- Commitment acts. in which the speaker directly or indirectly affirms the assumption of a responsibility, which aims to perform some activity.