Inner speech in meaning-making through verbal and artistic discourses
Keywords:inner speech, meaning-making, Lev Vygotsky, semiotics, mediation, artistic text, cultural autocommunication
Inner speech plays a significant role in various cognitive processes as internalized social speech and a unique form of sign-using activity. While previous research has already emphasized the role of inner speech in the formation of meanings and interpretation, few attempts have been made to establish a semiotic account of inner speech as a mechanism of meaning-making. The study aims to establish a semiotic account of the concept of inner speech as internalized social speech and as a form of inner communication embodied in artistic discourse. Thus, the paper addresses the meaning-making functions of inner speech at the levels of verbal (inter- and intrapersonal communication) and artistic discourses (manifestation of inner communication in artistic texts). It identifies the role of inner speech in the formation and development of individual meanings that originate from the nature, phenomenology and individual development of internalized verbal language. This development of meanings follows specific laws, which include the internalization of verbal communication, socio-cultural experience and external representations of different modalities. The role of inner speech in meaning-making in artistic narration is addressed by analysing the manifestation of inner communication in artistic discourse and intentional adaptation of the concept of inner speech. The study identifies how the evolution of cultural communication processes shapes the ontology and manifestation of the artistic inner monologue in contemporary culture.