Fiji 2

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BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

AGE: 37

DATE OF BIRTH (DD/MM/YYYY): 15/01/1971

PLACE OF BIRTH: Suva, Fiji

GENDER: female

ETHNICITY: Fijian

OCCUPATION: waitress

EDUCATION: secondary school

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

The subject grew up in Nausori, near Suva, until the age of 30, when she moved to Namaqumaqa.

OTHER INFLUENCES ON SPEECH: N/A

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RECORDED BY: David Nevell

DATE OF RECORDING (DD/MM/YYYY): 30/06/2008

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 grew up in a small town called Nausori.  I stayed there with my family.  I got, uh, three brothers, and I’m — I’m the only daughter.  So, my family’s … um … um … my mother is a … domestic work … and my father is a taxi driver.  My most embarrassing moment is, uh, when, uh,  I want to go to church.  One day in, um… my father and my mother — my parents — they don’t like that, uh, church that I want to attend.  So I went to the bedroom and I cried all night.  I don’t want to talk about it until the next morning. And, um, my three brothers, they, um … all got their wives, they (laughs) only, um, the youngest one,  um, he doesn’t have any kids.

TRANSCRIBED BY: Joe Calarco (under supervision of David Nevell)

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

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