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BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

AGE: 39

DATE OF BIRTH (DD/MM/YYYY): 1968

PLACE OF BIRTH: Wythenshawe in Chorlton-cum-Hardy, in south Manchester

GENDER: male

ETHNICITY: white

OCCUPATION: administration

EDUCATION: N/A

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

At age 3, subject moved to Timperley, another suburb of Manchester.

OTHER INFLUENCES ON SPEECH: N/A

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RECORDED BY: Marina Tyndall

DATE OF RECORDING (DD/MM/YYYY): 13/01/2008

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 on, er, Wythenshawe, in Wythenshawe rather, which is, er, south Manchester. Er, 1968, it was a good year [brief unvoiced laughter], er [cough], and the area, Wythenshawe itself, was, erm, er, a huge council estate, biggest council estate in Europe at one time, but me mum and dad lived in Chorlton, which was actually closer into town: Chorlton-come-Hardy, in fact. Until I was 3, and then we moved to Timperley, which is where they still live now, where I lived most of my life …

TRANSCRIBED BY: Marina Tyndall

DATE OF TRANSCRIPTION (DD/MM/YYYY): 13/01/2008

PHONETIC TRANSCRIPTION OF UNSCRIPTED SPEECH: N/A

TRANSCRIBED BY: N/A

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

SCHOLARLY COMMENTARY:

Note the following features: glottal replacement of intervocalic /t/; monopthongisation of PRICE vowel in “surprising,” “like,” “finally,” “nineteen (sixty-eight),” “life,” and “five,” and also the subject pronoun “I”; weakened FOOT-STRUT contrast; raised fronted NURSE vowel; fronted GOAT vowel; CURE similar to THOUGHT; /h/ often dropped in initial position; FOOT vowel in “hurry”; final /n/ dropped from “singing”; dialect substitution of “me” for “my” in unscripted segment; and affricate onset for “Duke.”

COMMENTARY BY: Marina Tyndall

DATE OF COMMENTARY (DD/MM/YYYY): 13/01/2008

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