if someone is speaking out loud to themselves such in the sentence below, should it be punctuated?
Perhaps I should wait until light, he spoke out loud.
I agree with the gist of Dr. G’s comments, as far as they go. But you cannot use the verb speak in this way. Use say instead. Say is always transitive, and speak can be transitive, but the object of speak is not what was said (written in either direct or indirect speech). If you are going to indicate, either directly or indirectly, what someone said, you must use the verb say, not speak.
Aside from a handful of set phrases, the only object that can be used with speak is the language, for example: She speaks German and a little bit of French.
So, once you change speak to say, out loud is redundant (in fact, it would also be redundant if used in a correct sentence with speak) because when you say something it is obviously out loud – but you can better convey the idea of someone talking to himself by using to himself.
The revised sentence here would be "Perhaps I should wait until light," he said to himself.
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