Sleep-Talking: Psychology and Psychophysiology

By Arthur M. Arkin | Go to book overview
Save to active project

Definitions of Sleep-Utterance

Sleep-utterance is a general term denoting vocalization in association with sleep, including somniloquy.

Somniloquy (sleep-talking, sleep-speech) is the utterance of speech or other psychologically meaningful sound in association with sleep without subjective simultaneous, critical awareness of the event in its real environmental context, or how it might appear to a wakeful observer. Thus, somniloquy includes: (1) utterances consisting of one or more clearly enunciated words and/or mumbled words that although unintelligible, clearly convey the impression of attempts at speech; and/or (2) affectively tinged sounds other than speech that appear to possess some psychologically meaningful quality, such as laughter, weeping, humming, or whimpering.

Sleep-utterances also include nonlinguistic vocalizations that often seem devoid of psychological significance, such as isolated monosyllabic grunts, brief moans, groans, and sighs frequently occasioned by or associated with a change in body position.


First, in association with sleep is more appropriate than during sleep. Although some electrographic records obtained precisely coincident with sleep-utterance episodes have been those of unambiguous, typical sleep, the majority of them possess varying degrees of muscle tension and/or movement artifact that do not permit definite classification under standard terminology


Notes for this page

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
Loading One moment ...
Project items
Cite this page

Cited page

Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited page

Bookmark this page
Sleep-Talking: Psychology and Psychophysiology
Table of contents

Table of contents



Text size Smaller Larger
Search within

Search within this book

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

While we understand printed pages are helpful to our users, this limitation is necessary to help protect our publishers' copyrighted material and prevent its unlawful distribution. We are sorry for any inconvenience.
Full screen
/ 624

matching results for page

Cited passage

Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.

Are you sure you want to delete this highlight?