News without a Script

  • Ejstrup, Michael (Projektdeltager)
  • Blom, Jonas Nygaard (Projektdeltager)
  • Vestergaard, Karsten (Projektdeltager)



Unscripted news speak has in recent years trended among reporters in Danish public service broadcasting caused by the increasing use of live and breaking news. As a consequence, the news audience is frequently exposed to disfluent features of unplanned spoken discourse such as repetitions, repairs, fillers and hesitations that are common in everyday conversation, but not necessarily suitable for communication to a mass audience. This project seeks to assess the linguistic characteristics of disfluent speak by journalists, measure the comprehension effects and attitudes towards disfluencies on a news audience and to develop novel theories on fragmented news discourse. By combining prosodic and textual analysis with an experimental design that has been pre-tested, the research team will make use of a multi-method approach to conduct the study. We expect our findings to challenge pre-established theories on the cognitive aspects of news discourse and to determine the intelligibility of spontaneous news speak for mass audiences.
Effektiv start/slut dato01/11/1630/06/19


  • Medier, kommunikation og sprog
  • manuskript
  • nyheder