England 74

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BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

AGE: 30

DATE OF BIRTH (DD/MM/YYYY): 1976

PLACE OF BIRTH: Harrogate, North Yorkshire

GENDER: female

ETHNICITY: white

OCCUPATION: receptionist

EDUCATION: college

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

Subject recently moved to Queenstown, New Zealand.

OTHER INFLUENCES ON SPEECH: N/A

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RECORDED BY: David Nevell

DATE OF RECORDING (DD/MM/YYYY): 2007

PHONETIC TRANSCRIPTION OF SCRIPTED SPEECH: N/A

TRANSCRIBED BY: N/A

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

ORTHOGRAPHIC TRANSCRIPTION OF UNSCRIPTED SPEECH:

Oh no, you can know why I came to New Zealand.  Um, basically, um, I split up with my husband in December.  Um, my best friend lives here for four years, so I decided to start a new life in New Zealand, and flew out on the 29th of January, and was supposed to fly home on the 29th of March, and I don’t seem to have got on the plane.  So we’ll see what happens here. Yeah, it’s beautiful, definitely, definitely, healing.  I got a job within five days, so we just … I just work now. [laughs]  [Interviewer: Yeah, it’s very busy here.] Yeah, yeah, sometimes.  It should be quite quiet now, but it’s Easter, so …  Um, probably… just the relaxed and chilled atmosphere.  The people are so much nicer than in the U.K.  It’s a lot less stressful.  And, um, the scenery.  Every morning, I wake up to those mountains and the lake.  And the stars on a night, it’s just very calming.  Very calming.  It’s beautiful.

TRANSCRIBED BY: David Nevell

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

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

SCHOLARLY COMMENTARY: N/A

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

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