Speak verb – Give a speech to. Address is a synonym for speak in speech topic. You can use "Address" instead the word "Speak" as a verb or a noun, if it concerns topics such as words, speak at length. popular alternative Nearby Words: speaker, speaking
In the case of characters who are unable rather than unwilling to speak using their own words, this trope can eventually be overcome somewhat like learning a new language, with the character making an effort to address their problem.