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Characterized by movement of the lips or other speech organs without making audible sounds: subvocal speech.

sub·vo′cal·ly adv.
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(Linguistics) in a subvocal manner, with subvocalization
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To illustrate the phonological loop, it has been compared to dialling a telephone number where subjects have to recall the different numbers and their order to dial it correctly, and to recall them, we usually repeat them aloud or subvocally (e.g., Baddeley et al., 2014).
In the comparable melody block, a new melody, previously unknown to the children but similar in harmonic structure and length to the original melody, was introduced in order to test melodic perception while removing the opportunity to subvocally speak the text of the nursery rhyme.
The identically same meaning now appears through sound generated from the mouth of a reader across the space within the range of audibility for its audience--or it is subvocally pronounced by the silent reader.
In the first phase (encoding), participants were given one, two, or three syllables to subvocally read and memorize (2-second phase duration).
Indeed, any poem I happened on in a literary journal or book that I particularly liked would cause me to utter, subvocally, the common confusion of an apprentice writer: "I wish I'd written that." Now I realize that no confident, professional poet would own up to such feelings.
In sophisticated listeners, speech perception refers to a much wider range of behaviors from complying with requests to actually listening to what a speaker says, that is, subvocally echoing or otherwise talking to oneself (see Schlinger, 2008a).
The words in Hallam's letters are said to be "silent-speaking," probably because Tennyson pronounces them subvocally. But as in any apophatic operation that empties the mind of content, the words are also said to be silent because they must be elicited as the voice of someone who has died since the letter was written.
Skinner states that "one may see the larger cube, cut it covertly, separate the smaller cubes covertly, see their faces, count them subvocally, and so on, seeing the result in each case, until the solution is reached.
In this work, a sample of 9 adults performed a working-memory task (in which they had to remember 1 or 6 visually presented letters) and a motor rehearsal task (they read subvocally 1 or 6 letters).