California 6

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BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

AGE: 52

DATE OF BIRTH (DD/MM/YYYY): 1958

PLACE OF BIRTH: Washington State

GENDER: male

ETHNICITY: Caucasian

OCCUPATION: mechanic

EDUCATION: N/A

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

Subject moved to the San Francisco Bay area, near Richmond, at the age of 3. At 18, he moved to Clearlake. In 2008, he moved to back the Bay area.

OTHER INFLUENCES ON SPEECH: N/A

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RECORDED BY: Lisa Wentz

DATE OF RECORDING (DD/MM/YYYY): 09/08/2010

PHONETIC TRANSCRIPTION OF SCRIPTED SPEECH: N/A

TRANSCRIBED BY: N/A

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

ORTHOGRAPHIC TRANSCRIPTION OF UNSCRIPTED SPEECH:

Well, I was born in 1958 in Washington. At 3 years old, I moved to the Bay Area, worked in refineries. At, ss, 18, I moved to Clearlake and worked in the oil fields. At 50 years old, I moved back to the Bay area, where I once lived and started. Talk about a complete circle. I now work in refineries again, and life is good, period.

TRANSCRIBED BY: Lisa Wentz

DATE OF TRANSCRIPTION (DD/MM/YYYY): 11/08/2010

PHONETIC TRANSCRIPTION OF UNSCRIPTED SPEECH: N/A

TRANSCRIBED BY: N/A

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

SCHOLARLY COMMENTARY:

This is an excellent example of Northern California working-class white male. He has a very strong American R and a very open relaxed /a/ with no lip rounding in words such as “talk,” which is often present in General American. Occasionally his TH sound is short, which you can find in the areas east of San Francisco (his locale, Richmond). His “vocal fry” or “creak” is extremely light compared to what you might hear in the San Joaquin Valley, San Fernando Valley or Southern California.

COMMENTARY BY: Lisa Wentz

DATE OF COMMENTARY (DD/MM/YYYY): 11/08/2010

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