England 6

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BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

AGE: 40s

DATE OF BIRTH (DD/MM/YYYY): 1950s

PLACE OF BIRTH: Rushden, Northamptonshire

GENDER: male

ETHNICITY: white

OCCUPATION: archaeologist

EDUCATION: university

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

Subject lived for several years in London, Glasgow, and Cairo, Egypt.

OTHER INFLUENCES ON SPEECH:

Subject was educated at Cambridge.

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RECORDED BY: Krista Scott

DATE OF RECORDING (DD/MM/YYYY): 30/06/1999

PHONETIC TRANSCRIPTION OF SCRIPTED SPEECH: N/A

TRANSCRIBED BY: N/A

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

ORTHOGRAPHIC TRANSCRIPTION OF UNSCRIPTED SPEECH:

I grew up in Rushden in Northamptonshire in England. It’s a small town about 70 miles northeast of London where the traditional industry was the making of boots and shoes. But that all fizzled out in the 1970s and 1980s because of the cheap imports of shoes from the continent, which did the local industry in. I grew up in a house, number 10 Church Street, which is built … was built about 1860 out of wood, which was said to come from a windmill that stood in the town, which was mentioned in the survey of Rushden done in 1086 for the Domesday Book of William the Conqueror.

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:

There is a hint that he is effecting a strong “country” Northamptonshire in that he also changes the grammar of the “Rainbow Passage” to imitate vernacular speech.

COMMENTARY BY: Krista Scott

DATE OF COMMENTARY (DD/MM/YYYY): 30/06/1999

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