Baja 1

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BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

AGE: 21

DATE OF BIRTH (DD/MM/YYYY): 18/12/1986

PLACE OF BIRTH: Ensenada, Baja, Mexico

GENDER: female

ETHNICITY: Mexican

OCCUPATION: college student

EDUCATION: Subject was attending a university in California at the time of this interview.

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

Subject moved to Los Angeles, California, United States, in 7th grade. She lived for a year in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States, and was living in West Covina, California, at the time of this recording.

OTHER INFLUENCES ON SPEECH:

Subject took ESL classes in 7th and 8th grades.

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RECORDED BY: Frazier Perez-Yadon (under supervision of David Nevell)

DATE OF RECORDING (DD/MM/YYYY): 2008

PHONETIC TRANSCRIPTION OF SCRIPTED SPEECH: N/A

TRANSCRIBED BY: N/A

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

ORTHOGRAPHIC TRANSCRIPTION OF UNSCRIPTED SPEECH:

I was born and raised in Ensenada, Baja California, Norte Mexico. I was born in 1986, December 18, and, uhm, I went to an all-girls school, Catholic school for since little until elementary school, and, uhm, I was taught English there, but it was only “close the door, the dog is blue, there’s a green tree,” and, uhm, I didn’t really learn the correct grammar English until I moved to the U.S., 1998. Uhm, I came from Mexico to California, Los Angeles, and I did, uh, two years (seventh and eighth grade) of ESL education (English as a Second Language), uhm, where they taught us grammar and songs, and mostly pronunciation. I still have an accent, but that’s fine.  And those two years I learned English. And the other I way I learned English was by watching, uhm, TV, uh, the cartoons and, uh, “Sister, Sister,” the Warner Brothers, Will Smith, “Prince of the Hood.” Yeah, those are good shows. “Sabrina,” uhm, all comedy shows. I love dancing; I think everybody knows that, uhm, I love salsa, uh, ballroom and, uhm, dass Las Vegas taught me the salsa and the flavor of that Latin fire that I’m mostly moves me inside me, and, uhm, I like, uhm, all kinds of dancings. I like to go clubbing, and I, I invite my friends, and I encourage people to have music in parties, ’cause that’s one of the things here in the U.S. where, uhm, there’s a party, ya know, eeh, the people are cool and everything. …

TRANSCRIBED BY: Frazier Perez-Yadon (under supervision of David Nevell)

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

PHONETIC TRANSCRIPTION OF UNSCRIPTED SPEECH: N/A

TRANSCRIBED BY: N/A

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

SCHOLARLY COMMENTARY: N/A

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

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