Alaska 4

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BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

AGE: 24

DATE OF BIRTH (DD/MM/YYYY): 1982

PLACE OF BIRTH: Ketchikan, Alaska

GENDER: male

ETHNICITY: Tsimpshean

OCCUPATION: sales manager

EDUCATION: some college

AREA(S) OF RESIDENCE OUTSIDE REPRESENTATIVE REGION FOR LONGER THAN SIX MONTHS:

Subject lived in Seattle, Washington, for six years and had been living in Browning, Montana, for the year before the recording was made. His wife is Blackfoot.

OTHER INFLUENCES ON SPEECH: N/A

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RECORDED BY: Tanera Marshall

DATE OF RECORDING (DD/MM/YYYY): 15/07/2006

PHONETIC TRANSCRIPTION OF SCRIPTED SPEECH: N/A

TRANSCRIBED BY: N/A

DATE OF TRANSCRIPTION (DD/MM/YYYY): N/A

ORTHOGRAPHIC TRANSCRIPTION OF UNSCRIPTED SPEECH:

Uh, Tsimpshean tribe: Uh, we cover mos- like most of the coastal B.C. area, from Vancouver Island up to Matlakahtla, Alaska, an’ that’s basically the only federally recognized reservation in Alaska. Eh, and it’s also known as Annette Island. It’s about 17 miles south of Ketchikan. An’, um, let’s see, Tsimpsheans: Tha- that word actually stands for “people of the mist,” and so you know, like where we live, you’ll see, it’s, it’s rain country up there. There’s a lot o’ misty fjords up there an’ all that. Lots o’ rain. An’, uh, you know it’s like them other, you know, other tribes up there, Klingits an’ Haidas who have longhouses. We use canoes, we’re, uh, do a lot o’ fishing. We also do a lot of hunting, with, uh, deer, elk, moose. And every now and then bear, but you know, since that’s not really too dangerous nowadays, so we just don’t do it no more, but, um, we do a lotta tha’. We do lots o’ fishing though: king salmon, halibut, crab, shellfish, lotta that.

TRANSCRIBED BY: Jacqueline Baker

DATE OF TRANSCRIPTION (DD/MM/YYYY): 22/03/2008

PHONETIC TRANSCRIPTION OF UNSCRIPTED SPEECH: N/A

TRANSCRIBED BY: N/A

DATE OF TRANSCRIPTION (DD/MM/YYYY): N/A

SCHOLARLY COMMENTARY:

Note the following features: fluid and faster rate of speech; dentalized T and TH; delayed/aspirated T; dropped g (in’); glottal stops before initial vowels; and some nasality.

COMMENTARY BY: Tanera Marshall

DATE OF COMMENTARY (DD/MM/YYYY): 15/07/2006

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