England 3

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BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

AGE: 24

DATE OF BIRTH (DD/MM/YYYY): 1975

PLACE OF BIRTH: Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire

GENDER: male

ETHNICITY: white

OCCUPATION: student

EDUCATION: university, pursuing master’s degree in biology

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

Subject went to college in Norwich, East Anglia, and lived near Manchester, England. He had been living for three years in Lawrence, Kansas, United States, at the time of the recording.

OTHER INFLUENCES ON SPEECH: N/A

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RECORDED BY: Paul Meier

DATE OF RECORDING (DD/MM/YYYY): 05/2005

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 Stoke-on-Trent, which is *in the Midlands area of Great Britain, and it’s famous for its pottery and Wedgewood and things like that, fine china. So it’s a Stoke-on-Trent itself is a, a heavily industrialized city and lots of kilns and things like that. Um, quite unusual appearance but the countryside around is very beautiful, *green rolling hills, and *it’s very nice. *But I live now a bit further north of there, um, near an even bigger city, Manchester, *which is actually even more industrial than Stoke-on-Trent, with, *which is the birth of the rev… industrial revolution. and I went to university in Norwich in *East Anglia on the East Coast, eh, which is a small town, roughly the size of Lawrence. Much more laid back. The pace of life is much slower than where I’m from. *Not really been touched by anything for several thousand years. And the people are very friendly and open because of it. And then I came to *Lawrence three years ago now to study as a a foreign student at the University of Kansas, for one year, studying biology. Kind of picked up the accent a little, but then lost it all when I went back for a year. *Being around friends again, the accent came out much stronger again. And then I’ve returned to do a master’s degree, um, again in biology, and probably lost a lot a lot of the strength in my accent again. But I’m going home in the summer for a friend’s wedding, and I’m sure it’ll all come rushing back.
[* = vocalic pause]

TRANSCRIBED BY: Kevin Flynn

DATE OF TRANSCRIPTION (DD/MM/YYYY): 05/2005

PHONETIC TRANSCRIPTION OF UNSCRIPTED SPEECH: N/A

TRANSCRIBED BY: N/A

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

SCHOLARLY COMMENTARY:

Subject has what could be described as a mild, professional dialect.

COMMENTARY BY: Paul Meier

DATE OF COMMENTARY (DD/MM/YYYY): 05/2005

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