Bangladesh 2

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BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

AGE: 29

DATE OF BIRTH (DD/MM/YYYY): 15/02/1984

PLACE OF BIRTH: Dhaka, Bangladesh

GENDER: male

ETHNICITY: Asian (exact ethnicity unknown)

OCCUPATION: student

EDUCATION: Subject was attending graduate school for civil engineering at the time of this interview.

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

The speaker had not lived anywhere besides Bangladesh prior to coming to the Unites States to study civil engineering at the University of Kansas.

OTHER INFLUENCES ON SPEECH:

There are no other influences on the speaker’s speech.

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RECORDED BY: Timothy Wilkinson (under supervision of Paul Meier)

DATE OF RECORDING (DD/MM/YYYY): 04/11/2013

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, I grew up, I lived my whole life in Dhaka. That’s the capital city of Bangladesh. Uh, it’s, uh, a very popular city, uh, probably the most densest, uh, you can get, uh, the population in the whole world. Uh. Uh. As I said, it was the capital of the country; most of the, uh — what should I say? — most of the, uh, offices are there, and, and all the most important stuff is situated there. And I went to, uh, Saint Joseph High School there, uh, and also completed my bachelor’s in civil engineering in, uh, Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology, which is also situated there, so, as I said, uh, I spent my whole life up to now before coming to here in Dhaka. So far it has been great. Uh, it’s, um, it a verse from, uh, a poem of our national poet Kazi Nazrul Islam, uh. [Subject speaks Bangla.] And it means, “Through dawn’s door, a shattering blow, we will bring daybreak, scarlet in glow; we will destroy the gloom of the night and hindering mountain height.”

TRANSCRIBED BY: Timothy Wilkinson (under supervision of Paul Meier)

DATE OF TRANSCRIPTION: 04/11/2013

PHONETIC TRANSCRIPTION OF UNSCRIPTED SPEECH: N/A

TRANSCRIBED BY: N/A

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

SCHOLARLY COMMENTARY:

Subject exhibits:

  • commonly un-aspirated /t/ and /d/ sounds.
  • /th/ sounded as /t̊/.
  • softening of the /d͡ʒ/ at the beginning of words.

COMMENTARY BY: Timothy Wilkinson (under supervision of Paul Meier)

DATE OF COMMENTARY (DD/MM/YYYY): 24/11/2013

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