The construction of partisanship and identity in German soccer sportscasts

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dc.contributor.advisor Seig, Mary T. Schreiber, Constantin F. en_US
dc.coverage.spatial e-gx--- en_US 2011-06-09T15:32:46Z 2011-06-09T15:32:46Z 2009 en_US 2009
dc.description.abstract The construction of partisanship and identity in discourse has been well-documented in linguistic research. Through the means of discourse analysis, this study takes a closer look at these processes focusing on data obtained from live radio sportscasts of German soccer games. Observations from an earlier study by Hansen (1999) are used as a starting point for an analysis within a theoretical framework guided predominantly by findings of research on language use in (spoken) media (Brown 1996; Kuiper 1996; Leitner 1983, 1997) and the linguistic expression of identity (Antaki and Widdicombe 1998; Bell, 2001; Coupland 2001, 2007; Eckert 2000, 2001, etc.). This theoretical framework provides the basis for an examination of the corpus relying on a methodology employing principles of Discourse Analysis. The argument put forward here is that in the given case, the construction of partisanship and identity is relatively covert. While the sports commentators might have personal connections with a specific soccer team or a regional affiliation, they seem to aim at achieving a high degree of neutrality. The narratives they produce on the radio are influenced by the events on the soccer field, the requirements of their job as radio commentators, their own identity, and their awareness of their audience. Key words: Partisanship, identity, soccer, football, sportscasts, broadcasts, radio, Bundesligakonferenz, audience, discourse analysis
dc.description.sponsorship Department of English
dc.format.extent 244 p. : digital, PDF file, col. maps. en_US
dc.language.iso eng ger en_US
dc.source CardinalScholar 1.0 en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Journalism -- Objectivity. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Identity (Psychology)
dc.subject.lcsh Soccer -- Germany.
dc.subject.lcsh Radio broadcasting of sports -- Germany.
dc.subject.lcsh Discourse analysis.
dc.subject.other Fussball-Bundesliga. en_US
dc.title The construction of partisanship and identity in German soccer sportscasts en_US
dc.type Research paper (M.A.), 3 hrs. en_US Thesis (M.A.) en_US
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