Egypt 3

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BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

AGE: 21

DATE OF BIRTH (DD/MM/YYYY): 1978

PLACE OF BIRTH: N/A

GENDER: female

ETHNICITY: Egyptian (exact ethnicity unknown)

OCCUPATION: student

EDUCATION: student at American University in Cairo

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

Subject has lived most of her life in Cairo, with one year spent in Damascus, Syria, and nine months in Paris.

OTHER INFLUENCES ON SPEECH:

Her time abroad might have affected her speech slightly. In addition, her time at American University might have had an influence too. She is quite fluent in English.

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RECORDED BY: Krista Scott

DATE OF RECORDING (DD/MM/YYYY): 23/06/1999

PHONETIC TRANSCRIPTION OF SCRIPTED SPEECH: N/A

TRANSCRIBED BY: N/A

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

ORTHOGRAPHIC TRANSCRIPTION OF UNSCRIPTED SPEECH:

My name is __________. I’m 21 years old and I’ve lived all my life in Egypt, but I lived only one year in Syria, in Damascus, and I lived for nine months in Paris. And um am a I’m a student at the American University in Cairo. OK, eh, Egyptians have this, eh, this love to-to-to notice what everything happens the street. They like to-to see what’s happening and they are … y-you can get their attention easily, especially in fights. Eh, they love to see what’s happening between people and, eh, it’s easy to gather them, millions of them, in no time. Because I found that was I was in my at my house, at my-my balcony, and I-I-I heard the crash between two cars and then I heard the voices of the two men arguing together. And I swear it was no time, about three or four minutes, that I saw, eh, hundreds and hundreds of people just gathering and coming from all ways. And those people were stopping, were stopping their cars and just going out of the car to see what’s happening and some of them offers to be, to-to be the judge and to say who, who’s wrong who’s right, and it took the police big time to-to-to make the people go away and then tell them, “It’s none of your business. Go away.”

TRANSCRIBED BY: Lynn Baker

DATE OF TRANSCRIPTION (DD/MM/YYYY): 06/02/2008

PHONETIC TRANSCRIPTION OF UNSCRIPTED SPEECH: N/A

TRANSCRIBED BY: N/A

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

SCHOLARLY COMMENTARY: N/A

COMMENTARY BY: N/A

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

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