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SPEECH. A formal discourse in public.
     2. The liberty of speech is guaranteed to members of the legislature, to counsel in court in debate.
     3. The reduction of a speech to writing and its publication is a libel, if the matter contained in it is libelous; and the repetition of it upon occasions not warranted by law, when the matter is slanderous, will be slander and. tho character of the speaker will be no protection to him from an action. 1 M. & S. 273; 1 Esp. C. 226 Bouv. Inst. Index, h.t. See Debate; Liberty of speech.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Among his topics are telegraph and post, wiring Meiji Japan: from Hokusai's postcard to Mokuami's telegraph, Japanese in plain English, parsing visible speech, the haunted origins of modern Japanese literature, and scratching records with Soseki's cat.
I devoted myself to teaching deaf-mutes the system of 'visible speech', but am best remembered for patenting the telephone in 1876.
His grandfather, Alec, a shoemaker-turned-actor, was a teacher and "corrector of defective utterance." His often over-bearing father, Melville--probably George Bernard Shaw's model for Professor Henry Higgins in Pygmalion--was a self-taught elocution teacher and champion of Visible Speech, a series of symbols he created to represent sounds.