Example in this case: "experiencing _____ speech"

More specifically: "She shouted with a deep voice, a voice not her own."

  • Have you googled schizophrenia? Does anything in anything you have read suggest a word, and if so, why is that word not what you are looking for? For example, I came up with "delusional" in less than 30 seconds. Maybe not the right word, but it would be helpful to people who are trying to answer your question if you did a bit of work on it first.
    – ab2
    Jan 17, 2016 at 19:10
  • I could not find any similar words.
    – Aaron
    Jan 17, 2016 at 19:12
  • Read my above edit. I removed anything about mental disorder.
    – Aaron
    Jan 17, 2016 at 19:18
  • New edit. Check above.
    – Aaron
    Jan 17, 2016 at 19:24
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    "alien voice"; Actually, I like your second sentence. Not everything can be expressed in one word in English.
    – ab2
    Jan 17, 2016 at 19:28

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If such a condition were ever proven, the clinical term would likely become dissociative aphasia.

Dissociation refers to the psychological divorcing of oneself from one's actions, the so-called splitting of a personality from one's true self.

Aphasia refers to the loss of the power to speak for oneself.

Combined, it would mean the loss of the ability to speak for oneself due to dissociation or a dissociative condition, losing the power of speech to that dissociated self that was doing the speaking during the fugue state.

  • I don't think dissociative aphasia would convey that meaning. Dissociative aphasia would most likely be construed as the incapability to name certain objects/word classes but not others (see this paper), or differences in performance between spoken vs written language (see this), to name a few examples. That is to say, dissociative aphasia alludes to selective impairment, not to "speaking like someone else".
    – Yay
    Jan 17, 2016 at 20:58
  • I got influenza that resulted in such severe encephalitis that I lost the ability to speak. It took me a year of speech therapy to be fully able to speak again, to not switch words, to resolve a sequencing disorder that resulted. I'm well aware of what aphasia is. I also know that it applies differently in different contexts. Like in the sources I provided, the term is used for being unable to speak for various reasons. If the "true self" is unable to speak because another personality is in charge, that is very much like the neurological double aphasia described in the source material. Jan 17, 2016 at 22:41
  • I'm truely sorry to hear that, but I've never heard aphasia used in such a way as what the OP described. The sources provided link to the Wikipedia, which isn't much of an authority. The thing is that you are coining a new term, which isn't justified here because (1) the term used already exists, (2) there are no references as to whether what is being described already has a name (I believe it's just split personality) and (3) there's no way to know how others will interpret it. Coining new terms at will is a good think in literature, not in science.
    – Yay
    Jan 17, 2016 at 23:45

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