Speech, in general, denotes the faculty of expressing thoughts, by means of articulate sounds ; though it is likewise employed by grammarians, to signify a series of words properly arranged. The power of speech distinguishes man from all the inferior animals: for, though the latter are enabled to express the sensations of pain or pleasure by their cries, yet (he former only is possessed of that admirable combination of sounds, the origin of which will probably ever remain concealed. - Indeed, the parrot, cuckow, and a few other birds, can utter certain notes, which may be divided into syllables ; but these are imitative, rather than natural, and serve to convey no original information ; for it has been observed, that such creatures, when provoked to anger, utter only inarticulate cries. On the other hand, the speech of man may be improved by art, and modulated by practice, so as to express, with wonderful accuracy, the different emotions and passions of the mind : nay, his voice, in rousing the social affections, is far superior to -music. - For the improvement of that valuable faculty, the reader will consult the heads of Articulation, Pronunciation. and Reading, where we have given a few concise rules, and pointed out the best writers on each subject.