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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.


(sʌbˌvəʊkəlaɪˈzeɪʃən) or


(Linguistics) the act or process of producing subvocal speech
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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.
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?
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.
More precisely, what Klages describes here is subvocalization, the moving of one's lips or related speech organs without making audible sounds, as found in the process of silent reading.
Language facilitates certain types of complex thought and cognition by allowing subvocalization and organization of thoughts for performing more complex mental operations.