Czech Republic 4

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BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

AGE: 28

DATE OF BIRTH (DD/MM/YYYY): 1979

PLACE OF BIRTH: Banská Bystrica, Czechoslovakia (Slovak area)

GENDER: female

ETHNICITY: Caucasian

OCCUPATION: graduate student

EDUCATION: university

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

She moved to Vermont, in the United States, when she was 17 years old (11 years before this recording was made).

OTHER INFLUENCES ON SPEECH:

She is bilingual in Czech and Slovak.

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RECORDED BY: Paul Meier

DATE OF RECORDING (DD/MM/YYYY): 17/12/2007

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 Czechoslovakia – ah — in the Slovak part of Czechoslovakia, in Banska Bystrica; I where I spent seventeen years of my life, um, and then my family and I moved to United States, to Vermont, where I intended two years of high school and four years of university. In, ah, Czechoslovakia, my mother tongue is Slovak, um, and that’s what we speak at home, ah, but we, um, were a very bilingual country and spoke Czech, um, and understood Czech, read Czech, which was on TV and in news and newspapers and books and so on. Um, and these were primarily the languages we could speak; um, also Russian was taught in schools during the communist system, and then it kind of went down, but I did not really learn any Western languages until I came to United States. So I’m going to say, um, “My name is Eva Hruska, um; I was born in Czechoslovakia, in the Slovak part, in Banska Bystica, and I’ll say this both in Slovak and Czech.” So first Slovak, which comes a little naturally to me, um: Volám sa Eva Hrušková.  Bola som narodená v Československu, v terajšom Slovensku, v Banskej Bystrici. Now I’ll say it in Czech: Jmenuji se Eva Hrušková.  Narodila jsem sem se v Československu, v Slovenské Republice, v Banské Bystrici.

TRANSCRIBED BY: Paul Meier

DATE OF TRANSCRIPTION (DD/MM/YYYY): 17/12/2007

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