England 77

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BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

AGE: 23

DATE OF BIRTH (DD/MM/YYYY): 1984

PLACE OF BIRTH: Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk

GENDER: female

ETHNICITY: white

OCCUPATION: student in the performing arts

EDUCATION: university

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

Subject moved to Earls Colne, Essex, at a young age, and then moved to Brightlignsea, Essex, at age 5 and then to Colchester, Essex, at age 16.

OTHER INFLUENCES ON SPEECH:

Subject is attending WAC Performing Arts Media College in London.

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RECORDED BY: Marina Tyndall

DATE OF RECORDING (DD/MM/YYYY): 18/02/2008

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ORTHOGRAPHIC TRANSCRIPTION OF UNSCRIPTED SPEECH:

I was born in Bury St. Edmunds in Suffolk; I w-lived there for a few years and moved to Cheltenham for a couple of years, and then I moved to Earls Colne in Essex. I wen to Earl’s Colne Primary School until I was 5, and then I moved to Brightlingsea, and went to Colne Community School, which is, erm, it’s in Essex. It’s erm, s-near-the nearest town is Colchester. Erm, I, I went to Colne Community School till I was 16, and then we moved nearer to, to the town, to Colchester, and I went to the Sixth Form College in Colchester. Er, went there for a few years, and then now I’ve moved to London, and I’ve been attending WAC Performing Arts Media College in London, and, erm so I think, um, yeah that’s basically it. Um, I … yeah that’s it, I think.

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SCHOLARLY COMMENTARY:

Her accent is broadly middle class and does not conform to the stereotypical “Essiiikkss” sound parodied with varying accuracy by those outside the region.

COMMENTARY BY: Marina Tyndall

DATE OF COMMENTARY (DD/MM/YYYY): 18/02/2008

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