California 5

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BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

AGE: 37

DATE OF BIRTH (DD/MM/YYYY): 1969

PLACE OF BIRTH: Santa Monica, California

GENDER: male

ETHNICITY: Caucasian/Native American

OCCUPATION: surfer

EDUCATION: high school

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

OTHER INFLUENCES ON SPEECH:

Subject is fourth-generation native Los Angelino.

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RECORDED BY: Subject

DATE OF RECORDING (DD/MM/YYYY): 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:

I was born is Santa Monica, California. When I was a kid, my parents — both of which are four generations in in Los Angeles. My mom is actually a little bit older in a generation; she’s part American Indian from Los Angeles Basin. When I was a kid, ah, moved to, ah, Canoga Park. And then, ah, I went to high school in, ah, Chatsworth, which is, ah, west valley. But, ah, I have always retained my, ah, passion for the beach — ah, Santa Monica and Venice. My cousins, ah, were always surfers. My family has always been involved in surfing, skateboarding. Um, my cousins actually starting with amongst other people Dogtown, in Venice, California. I used to work at Venice off Winward where, ah, I sold clothes for my uncle and, ah, weird things were even happening then. Um, my grandma had, like, the first female owned nursery in, I think Los Angeles, I’m pretty sure. And my grandfather owned a piece of the mountain where, ah, this radio tower’s on. So it basically, ah, pretty rooted in Los Angeles. Lots of change. I just kinda wish it was a small town because, um, a lot of people come and go here, a lot of people look for stars they can’t catch. And then they kinda end up here. It’d be kinda nice to have more of an idea of a home town for Los Angeles. Ah, that’s my idea. Most of my friends have moved away.

TRANSCRIBED BY: Mitchell Kelly

DATE OF TRANSCRIPTION (DD/MM/YYYY): 15/01/2008

PHONETIC TRANSCRIPTION OF UNSCRIPTED SPEECH: N/A

TRANSCRIBED BY: N/A

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

SCHOLARLY COMMENTARY:

Listen for glottal fry at ends of phrases and authentic “surfer dude” vowels, such as that in GOOSE words.

COMMENTARY BY: N/A

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

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