England 73

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BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

AGE: 24

DATE OF BIRTH (DD/MM/YYYY): 1983

PLACE OF BIRTH: London

GENDER: female

ETHNICITY: white

OCCUPATION: student

EDUCATION: university

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

Subject moved to Levenshulme, a suburb of Manchester, at 6 months old, and has lived in London the last three years.

OTHER INFLUENCES ON SPEECH:

Subject is training at Central School of Speech and Drama in North London.

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RECORDED BY: Marina Tyndall

DATE OF RECORDING (DD/MM/YYYY): 02/2008

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ORTHOGRAPHIC TRANSCRIPTION OF UNSCRIPTED SPEECH:

Erm, I’m, I was born in London, but I moved after about six months, so I don’t really remember it, and I’ve lived in Levenshulme for the rest of my life, which is in Manchester, about, in South Manchester, about three miles-ish from the city centre. So it’s quite central. Em, I went to school in Hulme, em, which is pretty central as well, like, mm, closer into the city centre; it’s like near like Hulme, Moss Side, kind of that area; em, my dad’s from Bolton, so all my family are from Bolton, and my- but my mum’s from Watford. But my-m-my mum’s family we didn’t see as much ‘cause obviously they were further away and she doesn’t have as big a family. So I guess I probably spent more of my childhood with my dad’s family than with my mum’s. Em, and now I’ve lived in London, well up and down; I’m in the third year of my course now, so I’ve moved up I’ve moved up and down throughout holidays and this and that for the past three years. Erm, I think my accent does change when I’m in London; I think it becomes less strong, and I speak more slowly because I know at home I speak really, really quickly, and when I’m with my friends. Em, but then as soon as I go back home I think it gets stronger again.

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SCHOLARLY COMMENTARY:

Her sample includes the following features:
· Hesitation sound close to Cardinal Vowel 3.
· Unrounded fronted GOOSE vowel.
· Close fronted NURSE vowel.
· Lowered DRESS vowel.
· Open fronted schwa on “Bol-ton.”
· “Less strong” closes with the /g/ rather than the preceding velar nasal.
· Diphthongs for “I” and “my” are both flattened into a retracted TRAP vowel.
· /f/ substitution on “throughout,” “three miles-ish.”
· /v/ substitution of.
· Glottal replacement of intervocalic /t/.
· No FOOT-STRUT split.
· Clear START-BATH split.
· Fronted first element on PRICE vowel; this vowel is also somewhat monopthongised.
· Backed first element on GOAT vowel.
· “I went to schoo-uhl” realised as a two-syllable word.
· Lowered schwa, moving toward STRUT, on “city centre,” “area,” and “ether.”
· Affricate coalescence of /s/ and /t/ in “less strong.”

COMMENTARY BY: Marina Tyndall

DATE OF COMMENTARY (DD/MM/YYYY): 02/2008

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