Germany 7

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BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

AGE: 35

DATE OF BIRTH (DD/MM/YYYY): 1968

PLACE OF BIRTH: Sindelfingen, Germany

GENDER: male

ETHNICITY: German (exact ethnicity unknown)

OCCUPATION: network engineer

EDUCATION: university

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

He has lived in Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany, as well as London, England (six months); Captown, South Africa (six months); and New York City, United States (five years).

OTHER INFLUENCES ON SPEECH:

He started learning English in the fifth grade.

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RECORDED BY: Joel Goldes

DATE OF RECORDING (DD/MM/YYYY): 06/07/2003

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 uh, in southwest Germany, in the area of Stuttgart. I’ve lived in, um, in the [unclear] of Germany, at the border of Switzerland; uh, I’ve lived half a year in London in, in England. I’ve lived in uh, Cape Town, South Africa for half a year, and now I’ve lived in New York City for almost five years. Um, I learned English in school, and every student has two in Germany; we started uh, learning English at the, in the fifth grade. Nowadays, I think they start in second or third grade, but I was never very good in English at school, so I forced myself to, um, practical training while I was at college. So I went to, to London; this was my first stay abroad for longer than a vacation. I was doing my uh, final thesis my, when, uh, after studying for my college degree [unclear].

TRANSCRIBED BY: Faith Harvey

DATE OF TRANSCRIPTION (DD/MM/YYYY): 17/03/2008

PHONETIC TRANSCRIPTION OF UNSCRIPTED SPEECH: N/A

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

SCHOLARLY COMMENTARY: N/A

COMMENTARY BY: N/A

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

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