In the comment section to a question about notating tied notes, the discussion of whether it's necessary to make a distinction between ties and slurs came up.
The reasoning goes as follows: If one would place a slur underneath two consecutive notes with the same pitch, wouldn't the most reasonable thing to do be to just play/sing one single note (meaning that the slur effectively would be reduced down to a tie)? Or would this depend on the type of instrument being used (maybe for some instruments, it would make sense to produce a sort of pulsating sound) and/or the number of voices on the same staff?
Edit: Many seems to think that I'm asking what slurs and ties are. This is not the case. I'm simply asking whether it's really necessary to have two different symbols and if one simply couldn't make do with just one, which then always is unambiguously interpreted to either a tie or a slur depending on the context.
As an analogy, you could either use the words "bachelor" (tie) and "bachelorette" (slur), or you could just use the word "unmarried" and then amend it to a man ("bachelor") or a woman ("bachelorette").