Yes, paralyzed people can talk. Paralysis is a loss of muscle function, but it does not affect the ability to speak as speech is controlled by the vocal cords, throat, and mouth. However, depending on the cause and extent of the paralysis, the ability to speak may be affected in some cases. For example, if the paralysis affects the muscles involved in speech, such as the tongue or lips, it may make it more difficult to produce certain sounds or words. Additionally, if the paralysis is caused by a neurological condition that affects cognitive function, such as a stroke, it may affect a person’s ability to communicate effectively. However, in general, paralysis does not prevent someone from speaking.