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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.


(sʌbˈvəʊkəˌlaɪz) or


1. (Linguistics) to form (words) silently by moving the lips or other vocal organs without vocalization
2. (Linguistics) to form (words) only in the mind
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.subvocalize - articulate without making audible sounds; "she was reading to herself and merely subvocalized"
enounce, enunciate, pronounce, sound out, articulate, say - speak, pronounce, or utter in a certain way; "She pronounces French words in a funny way"; "I cannot say `zip wire'"; "Can the child sound out this complicated word?"
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the pitch, as we subvocalize it in our inner speech) up and down every time our eye crosses a juncture.
But we need to bear in mind that we subvocalize as we read or, more narrowly, recede a text from graphic symbols into the speech code (Adams 188; Just and Carpenter 93-100; Underwood and Batt 12-15, 20-21).
The student is instructed to use internal speech to subvocalize the smaller units of the word (which, for small words, typically are phonemes) while the teacher says them aloud.