Definition of inner speech in English:

inner speech


  • The silent expression of conscious thought to oneself in a coherent linguistic form.

    ‘While one child completed a naming task, the other children were asked to do the same task, using inner speech.’
    • ‘The writer starts with a meaning plainly in mind, and hears it rendered in inner speech.’
    • ‘Because without the inner speech, you can't mediate you own thinking, and therefore you can't mediate your own behavior.’
    • ‘It requires simply that we witness the flow of thoughts in inner speech without controlling it but also without being ‘carried away’ by it.’
    • ‘This provides evidence for impaired use of inner speech in those with autism.’


inner speech

/ˈinər spēCH/ /ˈɪnər spitʃ/