Federal District (Mexico City) 1

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BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

AGE: 34

DATE OF BIRTH (DD/MM/YYYY): 1976

PLACE OF BIRTH: Mexico City

GENDER: female

ETHNICITY: Mexican

OCCUPATION: barista

EDUCATION: college graduate

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

Subject moved from Mexico City at age 15 and then lived throughout Mexico, in Puerto Vallarta, Tulum Quintana Roo, and San Miguel de Allende. She had been living in Canada for 13 years at the time of this recording.

OTHER INFLUENCES ON SPEECH: N/A

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RECORDED BY: John Fleming

DATE OF RECORDING (DD/MM/YYYY): 18/06/2010

PHONETIC TRANSCRIPTION OF SCRIPTED SPEECH: N/A

TRANSCRIBED BY: N/A

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

ORTHOGRAPHIC TRANSCRIPTION OF UNSCRIPTED SPEECH:

OK, when I was 5 years old, my mom once forgot to pick me up from the kindergarten. She, um, had visitors, and I was getting, I used to get off at 2 (clo) o’clock, and she was there, eating with my family and stuff, and she all of a sudden saw a girl running, and she was like “Laura!” She called my name, and then she realized that she had forgot me. And she sent my aunt to pick me up; it was like 10 o’clock at night, and I was so devastated, I thought, like, that was it, they didn’t want me no more. And, um, so yeah, my mom got in trouble, and she went to get me. And, I mean, she kept forgetting, uh, to go and get me, like, for the next five years that I was going to school, and she was always late, and she always forgot about me. So, my sister and my brother used to tell me that it was because I was, um, adopted, so for the longest time, I believed that my parents weren’t my parents.

TRANSCRIBED BY: John Fleming

DATE OF TRANSCRIPTION (DD/MM/YYYY): 18/06/2010

PHONETIC TRANSCRIPTION OF UNSCRIPTED SPEECH: N/A

TRANSCRIBED BY: N/A

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

SCHOLARLY COMMENTARY:

Final consonants are usually dropped, heard in “district” and “start a” in “Comma Gets a Cure,” and “5 years old” in the unscripted speech. If they are not dropped, they are not released, heard in “lower back.” /v/ sounds move forward into the lips, becoming [β], heard in “letter from the vet,” and sometimes moves closer to the voiced plosive [b], heard in “vet’s diagnosis.” This forward movement also applies to the “foot” and “goose” lexical sets, with both vowels further forward and with more lip rounding. [ ɪ ] sounds also move forward in the mouth, becoming [i], heard in “territory.” [ɑ] sounds, heard in “Comma,” become [o] with the increased lip rounding, while “odd choice” moves forward in her mouth. Her /s/ sounds have a lot of sibilance, and often do not move to the voiced fricative /z/. If the sound does move toward the voiced consonant, it is not fully voiced. For example, “deserted” in “Comma” is not fully voiced, and “5 years old” in the unscripted speech is not voiced at all.

COMMENTARY BY: John Fleming

DATE OF COMMENTARY (DD/MM/YYYY): 18/06/2010

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