Croatia 4

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BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

AGE: 27

DATE OF BIRTH (DD/MM/YYYY): 26/03/1988

PLACE OF BIRTH: Zagreb, Croatia

GENDER: female

ETHNICITY: Caucasian/Croatian

OCCUPATION: sales associate

EDUCATION: MA degree

AREAS OF RESIDENCE OUTSIDE REPRESENTATIVE REGION FOR LONGER THAN SIX MONTHS:

Subject had been living in Iowa City, Iowa, in the United States, for a year at the time of this recording.

OTHER INFLUENCES ON SPEECH: none

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RECORDED BY: Kris Danford

DATE OF RECORDING (DD/MM/YYYY): 14/09/2015

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 in Zagreb, Croatia, in 1988. I have a brother and a sister, and I moved to Iowa when I was 26, and I’ve been living here for a year now. Um, I do have a retail job and a job in a theatre. And in my spare time, I like to discover new recipes and I like to run. Um, also I would li- I — what else do I like to do? I like to watch movies. I like to read books. Right now I’m reading a really sad book about two teenagers that are called Eleanor and Bart- Bark, and I’m a little afraid how it’s gonna end.

TRANSCRIBED BY: Kris Danford

DATE OF TRANSCRIPTION (DD/MM/YYYY): 14/09/2015

PHONETIC TRANSCRIPTION OF UNSCRIPTED SPEECH: N/A

TRANSCRIBED BY: N/A

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

SCHOLARLY COMMENTARY:

This speaker has a relatively light accent for having lived outside of Zagreb for only one year.  Some of the signature sounds include:-

  • diphthong in “bear” is closer to “hear”
  • discover: [k] seems aspirated
  • [v] changes to [w] (as in the word “vet”)
  • voiced “th” shifts to [d]
  • the vowel in “hut” shifts to something closer to an “ah” (as in the word “discover”)

COMMENTARY BY: Kris Danford

DATE OF COMMENTARY (DD/MM/YYYY): 08/01/2016

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