Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Show Summary Details

Text & Talk

An Interdisciplinary Journal of Language, Discourse & Communication Studies

Ed. by Sarangi, Srikant

6 Issues per year

IMPACT FACTOR 2015: 0.477
5-year IMPACT FACTOR: 0.635

SCImago Journal Rank (SJR) 2014: 0.657
Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP) 2014: 0.907
Impact per Publication (IPP) 2014: 0.509

See all formats and pricing

Select Volume and Issue


30,00 € / $42.00 / £23.00

Get Access to Full Text

A comparative analysis of speech rate and perception in radio bulletins

Emma Rodero,
  • Departament of Communication, Pompeu Fabra University (UPF), Roc Boronat, 138, 08108, Barcelona, Spain
  • :
Published Online: 2012-06-12 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/text-2012-0019


Speech rate is one of the most important elements in a news presentation, especially on radio, a sound medium. Accordingly, this study seeks to compare broadcasters' speech rate and the number of pauses in 40 news bulletins from the BBC (United Kingdom), Radio France (France), RAI (Italy), and RNE (Spain). Most authors addressing the medium of radio recommend a speech rate of between 160 and 180 words per minute (wpm). If this rate is considered, only one radio station, BBC, would be within the suitable limits. Instead, higher speeds and fewer pauses have been identified in the RAI and RNE bulletins. The second part of this study attempts to analyze whether perception in the news can be affected by different speech rates. The findings indicate that the extent to which the individuals surveyed experience subjective assessment varies according to the speech rate.

Keywords:: radio; speech rate; pauses; bulletins; news; perception

Published Online: 2012-06-12

Published in Print: 2012-05-17

Citation Information: Text & Talk. Volume 32, Issue 3, Pages 391–411, ISSN (Online) 1860-7349, ISSN (Print) 1860-7330, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/text-2012-0019, June 2012

Comments (0)

Please log in or register to comment.