England 14

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BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

AGE: 28

DATE OF BIRTH (DD/MM/YYYY): 1972

PLACE OF BIRTH: Blackpool, Lancashire

GENDER: female

ETHNICITY: white

OCCUPATION: administrator

EDUCATION: high school

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

Subject recently moved to Merseyside, Liverpool.

OTHER INFLUENCES ON SPEECH: N/A

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RECORDED BY: Lise Olson

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

PHONETIC TRANSCRIPTION OF SCRIPTED SPEECH: N/A

TRANSCRIBED BY: N/A

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ORTHOGRAPHIC TRANSCRIPTION OF UNSCRIPTED SPEECH:

My boyfriend is called Chris; he is from Macul [spelling?] in Liverpool, and he’s the best thing that ever happened to me. I used to work with him, and we sat next to one another and eventually I managed to pluck up the courage to ask him to go out for a drink with me. He did do – he said yes. And we were together ever since. We’ve been on many holidays since we’ve been together; um, he’s introduced me to camping in the Lake District. Um, we’ve been to Sheffield for a long weekend. Um, he’s always been a great friend and source of encouragement to me. He encouraged me to get a new job, and helped me through practice interview sessions. Erm, he’s just my best friend in the whole world, basically. Erm, we, erm, do lots of things together. We go out every weekend and go to the pub, and have a few drinks and stagger home together, and then we usually stay up until about 3 or 4 o’clock in the morning watching very silly movies on late-night television. And then we go to bed and tend not to get up until about 3 o’clock in the afternoon on a, on a Sat-, on Sunday. Erm, he loves omelets, cheese ones in particular. Uh, they’re his favorites, and he likes to have them with beans and hash browns. Erm, he loves cheese on toast. In fact, he loves anything with cheese and anything with bread. Erm, he’s a vegetarian but loves McDonald’s. Erm, and um, he’s- he’s- he’s a lovely character. He loves his car to bit. He has a little Fiesta XR2, which is dropping to pieces, but it’s his total pride and joy, and he drives it absolutely everywhere, and my car just gets left to rot in the driveway ’cause we have to go in his instead. Erm, he lives with me. We spend all our time together. Erm, he’s just my best friend, and I wouldn’t be without him.

TRANSCRIBED BY: Jordy Altman

DATE OF TRANSCRIPTION (DD/MM/YYYY): 11/02/2008

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SCHOLARLY COMMENTARY:

She recently moved to Merseyside, and her speech is beginning to reflect that. The subject is also going through stages of grief, having recently lost a loved one. She is talking about this person in present tense.

COMMENTARY BY: Lise Olson

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

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