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tr. & intr.v. sub·vo·cal·ized, sub·vo·cal·iz·ing, sub·vo·cal·iz·es
To articulate or engage in articulation by moving the lips or other speech organs without making audible sounds, as in reading to oneself.

sub·vo′cal·i·za′tion (-kə-lĭ-zā′shən) n.
sub·vo′cal·iz′er n.
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(sʌbˌvəʊkəlaɪˈzeɪʃən) or


(Linguistics) the act or process of producing subvocal speech
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Subvocalization may also occur when reading novels and even when listening to emotionally charged dramatic material, such as at movies or theatrical productions.
The possible uses for subvocalization as a user interface for computers are as versatile as human speech.
One of the goals of the speed-reading movement of the 1960s was to eliminate internal verbalization, or "subvocalization," as it's known.
interference with subvocalization disrupts global comprehension of a text; the rhythm of a sentence affects how words are identified; the preferred division of a sentence into prosodic units and the preferred placement of stress and pitch accents affect its interpretation; etc.
For reader response critics, this can especially occur as our act of reading Faulkner becomes "performative": Warwick Wadlington has argued that as we read the monologues in As I Lay Dying, "though not voiced aloud or murmured, there is still a more or less constant subvocalization: the regulation of breathing to perceived cues of rhythm and sound, and other minute coordinations of tongue, jaw, and throat as in speech aloud" (123).
Another alternative explanation of present results is provided by subvocalization process (Daneman&Newson, 1992) which makes similar predictions as those proposed in the present research with regards to "pen between the teeth condition" (1).
But there's also a process called subvocalization that reading theorists and physiologists have studied at length (I realize that you know about this because you mention it in passing in your article "What Do We Mean When We Talk about Voice in Texts?").
This included any behavior observed while the children read the stories (e.g., pointing, using illustrations, rereading, subvocalization).
Beginning silent readers often sound words out in their heads, a cumbersome process called subvocalization.
An updated version of the 1981 dictionary (Harris and Hodges, 1995) characterized subvocalization as movement of the lips, tongue, and larynx, in essence, linking speech to silent reading.