First International Workshop on the History of Speech Communication Research (HSCR 2015)

Dresden, Germany
September 4-5, 2015

Notes on the development of Speaking Styles over Decades – the Case of live Football Commentaries

Jürgen Trouvain

Phonetics, Saarland University, Saarbrücken (Germany)

The aim of this paper to retrace the development of speaking styles within the genre 'live football commentary' by exploring several examples of broadcasts for a German audience in a time span of 80 years. It was shown that the affective information is consistently reflected by a pitch rise between one and two octaves during the phases of building up suspense before a goal and with the goal comment often at pitches beyond 400 Hz. Further genre-specific prosodic characteristics include pausing and articulation rate, which can be very different between television and radio broadcasters.

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Bibliographic reference.  Trouvain, Jürgen (2015): "Notes on the development of speaking styles over decades – the case of live football commentaries", In HSCR-2015, 160-166.