Inner Voice Experiences during Processing of Direct and Indirect Speech

B. Yao, C. Scheepers, L Frazier (Editor), E. Gibson (Editor)

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    In this chapter, we review recent research concerned with “inner voice” experiences during silent reading of direct speech (e.g., Mary said, “This dress is beautiful! ”) and indirect speech (e.g., Mary said that the dress was beautiful ). Converging findings from speech analysis, brain imaging, and eye tracking indicate that readers spontaneously engage in mental simulations of audible-speech like representations during silent reading of direct speech, and to a much lesser extent during silent reading of indirect speech. This “simulated” implicit prosody is highly correlated with the overt prosody generated during actual speaking. We then compare this “simulated” implicit prosody with the sort of “default” implicit prosody that is commonly discussed in relation to syntactic ambiguity resolution. We hope our discussion will motivate new interdisciplinary research into prosodic processing during reading which could potentially unify the two phenomena within a single theoretical framework.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationExplicit and Implicit Prosody in Sentence Processing
    Subtitle of host publicationStudies in Honor of Janet Dean Fodor
    PublisherSpringer Nature
    ISBN (Print)978-3-319-12960-0
    Publication statusPublished - 14 May 2015

    Publication series

    NameStudies in Theoretical Psycholinguistics
    PublisherSpringer International Publishing


    • Implicit prosody, Inner voice experience, Direct speech, Indirect speech, Reading, Mental simulation, Embodied cognition, fMRI, Eye tracking


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