The effects of phonetic reduction on actual and perceived comprehension by news audiences

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Abstrakt

So-called “sloppy speech” is a frequent subject of criticism in broadcast and electronic news media. In particular, phonetic reductions are accused of compromising comprehension. This paper presents the results of an experimental self-sampling study (9015 participants) that examines the effects of reductions in scripted news speak. Overall, the results show that reductions have limited effects on comprehension. However, abstract, complex and ambiguous linguistic conditions seem to involve an efficient word recognition that is slightly hindered by reduced pronunciation. There are no correlations with sex, geographic region or length of education, whereas age seems to play a partial, though inconclusive, role.

OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftJournalism Studies
Vol/bind19
Udgave nummer5
Sider (fra-til)745-763
ISSN1461-670X
DOI
StatusUdgivet - 4. apr. 2018

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