England 83

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BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

AGE: 27

DATE OF BIRTH (DD/MM/YYYY): 07/11/1982

PLACE OF BIRTH: Skipton, North Yorkshire

GENDER: male

ETHNICITY: white

OCCUPATION: assistant television producer

EDUCATION: university

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

Subject spent three years of university in Durham (northern England) and then moved to London.

OTHER INFLUENCES ON SPEECH:

Subject had been in Australia for only three weeks at the time of this recording.

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RECORDED BY: Geraldine Cook

DATE OF RECORDING (DD/MM/YYYY): 12/2009

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’m originally from a town in Yorkshire in England called Skipton. I grew up, er, I spent twenty years there, er, and then I went to, erm, university to study law at Durham University, which was up north as well, er, near a place called Newcastle, er, full of Geordies. Er, and, erm, I did three years of law, and then I moved down to London and I decided to become a TV producer and so, having known no one in TV, I, er, who, at all, no friends or family or anything, so I bought the, er, “Radio Times,” which is a bit like “TV Week” here, and I wrote to every producer of every show for a week’s worth of shows, erm, saying I loved their show even though I’d never seen it, and, erm, in three months later I got a call from a talk show called “Des and Mel,” and they offered me some work for free. And so I worked on that and did that for a couple of weeks, and then I ended up working on a show called “Loose Women” for three years, er which was interesting, and then things went from there. Er, so that’s pretty much me. Erm, er, and then I worked on a talk show called the “Graham Norton Show,” er which was a late-night talk show, er, hosted by a guy called Graham Norton, who is very funny, erm, and I did that for five series, er, and I eventually became associate producer and recently I’ve just, er, made the move to Melbourne, Australia, which is nice, and, erm, I’ve been here six weeks, and I’m, uh, I’ve just started a job which I started three weeks ago, er, on Channel 7 and doing a comedy pilot, erm, that can’t be talked about, ’cause it’s totally confidential, er, but hopefully it will be funny and, er, I’m enjoying it at the moment and, erm, looking forward to getting out there and seeing some more of Australia when I’m not stuck in an office, trying to think of funny things to do, or say.

TRANSCRIBED BY: Geraldine Cook

DATE OF TRANSCRIPTION (DD/MM/YYYY): 12/2009

PHONETIC TRANSCRIPTION OF UNSCRIPTED SPEECH: N/A

TRANSCRIBED BY: N/A

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

SCHOLARLY COMMENTARY:

The speaker has a great deal of rising inflection in his conversational speech. However, this is not a direct influence of living in Australia, as he had only been in the country only three weeks when the recording was made. This speech pattern seems to be very common in many English speakers of his age group.
COMMENTARY BY: Geraldine Cook

DATE OF COMMENTARY (DD/MM/YYYY): 12/2009

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