England 87

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BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

AGE: 21

DATE OF BIRTH (DD/MM/YYYY): 08/01/1989

PLACE OF BIRTH: Guildford, Surrey

GENDER: female

ETHNICITY: white

OCCUPATION: student

EDUCATION: Subject was pursuing an undergraduate degree at the time of the interview.

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

Subject moved to Carmarthen, Wales, for university.

OTHER INFLUENCES ON SPEECH: N/A

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RECORDED BY: David Nevell

DATE OF RECORDING (DD/MM/YYYY): 31/08/2010

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 from Guildford, Surrey, which is about thirty minutes from train on a train from London, so, um, it’s a really nice location, I think, ’cause it’s, it’s not a big city and it’s nowhere near like the pollution stuff of London, but you can still get there really easily. Um, I live on the North Downs, so I basically, Guildford is, well, the whole Guildford is on the North Downs, but I live on the side of it, so I have lot of green grassland behind me, and, so, it’s really nice; you can get away and you can go like walking or whatever you want to do, but then I’m only ten minutes from the town center, so I, I’m on a hill, so it’s a big walk; it’s a really nice place; um, Guildford isn’t actually a city, but it has its own university and its own cathedral, and so it should have city status, but it hasn’t quite yet, and I think, I think I’m a bit glad about that because otherwise it would be, I think, a lot of people would come and swarm it, and, um, Guildford is a really pretty place in itself; like the high street is all, um, it’s very historic; we’ve got, um, a castle and stuff and like cobbled high streets; like it’s not, it’s got a few modern buildings; like there is a shopping center, but the main like shopping high street, it’s very old fashioned and we got a big park and it’s all very pretty. Um, I’ve lived in Guildford my whole life, same house, same place; we’ve got a school like either end of the road like primary school and everything, so we were in a perfect location, so there’s no point in really moving, and I’m in a family of six, so there’s four children to go through, and they’re still at the schools. So, um, yeah I’m, I’ve had a good life: normal family, my parents are together, and, um, my nana’s just moved down, and, yeah, that’s very, very nice; um, going somewhere else to Wales was very different for me because I had an, or, like, I think we were kind of enclosed in a bubble in Guildford, and going up and I was considered the posh one, but I’d never thought of myself as posh or anything until I got away from Guildford.

TRANSCRIBED BY: David Nevell

DATE OF TRANSCRIPTION (DD/MM/YYYY): 31/08/2010

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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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