You know that Disney movie Frozen? Remember the part where Kristoff is alone with his elk or reindeer and he is speaking for it in order with have a conversation with himself?

Is there a word for doing that? For speaking out loud for your pet?

Not necessarily attributing human characteristics but actually speaking for your pet.

Cause I do it all the time for my Bassett Hound mix.

Yes, I'm single and live alone and don't have any friends.

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    Not an answer, but this made me think of "rubber-ducking", where you explain a problem (e.g. in programming) to a real or imaginary rubber duck (or to a colleague, who has no insight in the problem)
    – Stefan
    Commented Nov 28, 2015 at 8:50
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    I wouldn't worry until the basset talks back. Then you both might consider couples therapy.
    – deadrat
    Commented Nov 28, 2015 at 9:10
  • St David (of Wales) used to send messages to distant friends by going to the seashore and talking to the seals He solved a tricky problem with a cook with the answers he got back, Rhygyfarch's Life of David.
    – Hugh
    Commented Nov 28, 2015 at 12:13
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    Not a spot-on but I once (perhaps incorrectly) used ventriloquise when describing a kid playing his toys and voicing their conversation.
    – RexYuan
    Commented Nov 29, 2015 at 15:09
  • Then I'll make it an answer then!
    – RexYuan
    Commented Dec 1, 2015 at 8:14

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Although it is mainly used for describing the performance of ventriloquism, I used (perhaps incorrectly) ventriloquize to something like what you're asking.

ventriloquize: to speak or sound in the manner of a ventriloquist [Dictionary.com]

I used the word to describe a boy playing his toys and voicing them(like what Andy did in those Toy Story movies). I am not sure whether it's acceptable to use it in such figurative sense, though.


Since you have ruled out "anthropomorphizing" by writing, "Not necessarily attributing human characteristics," I don't believe there is a single term in English for what you describe.

  • Right, the term is anthropomorphising
    – Jim
    Commented Nov 28, 2015 at 16:46

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