Differences Between Speech & Writing

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˜The basic distinction between speech and writing is obvious. Speech uses the transmitting medium of ˜phonic substance' typically air pressured movements produced by vocal organs. Writing uses graphic substance, typically marks on a surface made by hand using an implement.'

Speech is a very spontaneous medium which wouldn't be very suited for two people having a conversation, speech is transient and time bound which basically means that when someone speaks to you, it doesn't really stay in your memory for that long which gives it a disadvantage. One of the advantages of speech is that it is much more personal than writing and this is the reason people don't have conversations with each other via letters. Methods that aid speech are body language, gesture and facial expressions and people use these modes without even realising.

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