A cross-linguistics study on how emotion is perceived in sport commentaries: comparing prosodic cues from Japanese and French

Catherine Mathon, Carolyn Fontagnol


The purpose of this paper is to provide a better understanding of the characteristics of sport emotion and how it can be related to the traditional big four or five emotions: anger, joy, fear, sadness and disgust. This paper relates three listening tests conducted on French subjects who were asked to judge a set of stimuli taken from a rugby match commented on in French and Japanese. The selection of the stimuli was based on the main game actions (i.e. the ones that score points). Three evaluation scales were suggested to the subjects for each stimulus to be evaluated: arousal, valence & intensity. The results show that arousal is the most relevant criterion to characterize sport emotion. Furthermore, the listening tests demonstrate that the subject can recognize and evaluate sport emotion even when having access only to acoustic features (with semantic information neutralized).


 DOI: 10.21437/SpeechProsody.2020-10

Cite as: Mathon, C., Fontagnol, C. (2020) A cross-linguistics study on how emotion is perceived in sport commentaries: comparing prosodic cues from Japanese and French. Proc. 10th International Conference on Speech Prosody 2020, 46-50, DOI: 10.21437/SpeechProsody.2020-10.


@inproceedings{Mathon2020,
  author={Catherine Mathon and Carolyn Fontagnol},
  title={{A cross-linguistics study on how emotion is perceived in sport commentaries: comparing prosodic cues from Japanese and French}},
  year=2020,
  booktitle={Proc. 10th International Conference on Speech Prosody 2020},
  pages={46--50},
  doi={10.21437/SpeechProsody.2020-10},
  url={http://dx.doi.org/10.21437/SpeechProsody.2020-10}
}