Wednesday, October 19, 2022

The dynamics of the speech of a German television football commentator

While watching the German Cup match between Bayern Munich and Augsburg this evening, Andrea and I discussed what made the match's primary commentator irritating. It was not the content of his commentary, which was a typical mix of prepared background remarks about the players and teams and mentioning who was passing to whom and who was tackling whom. Instead, it was something about how he spoke: not that he was too loud or too shrill or too nasal, but that the volume of his voice hardly varied. Even though he was not especially loud, the lack of dynamics in his speech made it seem like he was shouting all the time. (Andrew Shields, #111words, 19 October 2022)

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