Belarus 2

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BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

AGE: N/A

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

PLACE OF BIRTH: Polotsk, Belarus

GENDER: male

ETHNICITY: Belarussian

OCCUPATION: N/A

EDUCATION: N/A

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

Subject lived in Canada for an unspecified amount of time.

OTHER INFLUENCES ON SPEECH: N/A

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RECORDED BY: Mark Ingram

DATE OF RECORDING (DD/MM/YYYY): 30/08/2008

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’m from Polotsk, Belarus.  It’s a town of about 200,000 people, um … I think it’s third largest in the country.  Belarus, as you probably know, is a … it’s former Soviet Republic with Latvia, then it separated and all that stuff.  Anyway, like my town Polotsk, we have uh … uh, there’s cathedrals, only three in the world, and one of them is in my town.  The cathedral is around 1400 years old, and it’s been — like, the wall’s I think about …15 meters of brick and cement walls, so all the wars, everything still stands to this day.  Um … we have a river that goes to the Baltic Sea … and, um, me and my friends once tried to go to for a journey, but we, we only could take on the water about three hours, ’cause the boat was from like wo-wood … wood stuff, we just didn’t have anything, and uh, like a pirate ship, a mini pirate ship.  But yeah, we didn’t make it, far [laughs]; we made it to the next town, almost drowned in the process, so we just decided not to do it anymore.  And what else can I say?  The food, um, the food is great, I think.  Everyone likes it because it’s similar Canadian food and American food, um, a lot of fat, lot of carbohydrates — a lot of good stuff basically.  Um, I’ve been in Canada for about uh … five years straight, since I was 13-18, and the on and off for about two more years.  So I’ve been speaking English for five years straight, and then like drastic change between those dates.

TRANSCRIBED BY: Faith Harvey

DATE OF TRANSCRIPTION (DD/MM/YYYY): 15/03/2008

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