On dit " parlez-leur" Pourquoi pas "appellez-les" ?
If I have understood your question correctly, it depends on who you are talking to which is not clear in English.
You could say -
if you were talking to several people or a person you would address with the 'vous' form.
Hope this helps!
Apart from the point of transitive or intransitive (via preposition) usage -- ie. appeler v parler
If we take each corresponding l'impératif mood, the second person plural would be appelez v parlez.
Your query asks "why not appellez-les" ? I don't see why appelez-les would not be acceptable?
The two verbal phrases are: pareler à qqn and appeler qqn. From this it's clear that parler takes an indirect object while appeler takes a direct object. The corresponding pronouns are leur and les.
At least I think that's what you're asking, right?
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