Greece 2

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BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

AGE: 35

DATE OF BIRTH (DD/MM/YYYY): 1968

PLACE OF BIRTH: Sydney, Australia

GENDER: male

ETHNICITY: N/A

OCCUPATION: student

EDUCATION: university

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

He was raised in Greece, from age 5.  He moved back to Australia in 1995, at age 27.

OTHER INFLUENCES ON SPEECH:

His tune is probably more “Australian” than Greek, but he has certain speech characteristics that would classify him as a second-language speaker.

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RECORDED BY: Geraldine Cook

DATE OF RECORDING (DD/MM/YYYY): 11/2002

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’ll tell you a little story of the possessed man. When I was 11 years old, I went with my father to spend, Easter, uh, ceremonies and the Easter break in a Greek monastery near the town where I grew up. It was Friday, and we entered the monastery about 7 a.m. for the morning, uh, mass. There were rumors in the monastery that a man will come uh to, to admin, uh, to partake in the ceremony that was uh, possessed by spirits. As we were all gathered in the church, and the ceremony had started, this man came in, uh, accompanied by 2 other men, who were just standing behind him. When he entered the monastery, the, when he entered the temple of the monastery, he starts screaming abuse towards the priest and the nuns that were there. And suddenly he started becoming very violent. People at that moment started running outside ah, outside of the temple in terror. As he was, he started smashing candelabras and kicking chairs really, really violently. I remember my father and 4 other men trying to subdue him, and it was really impossible. I remember they, pushed him down on the floor, 5 strong men holding him, and he, with just a shrug, threw him all the way, and then the deep voice started cursing the, the, cursing the priest. At that time, while he was kind of spinning violently, his whole body levitated for a few seconds in the air. I remember that very clearly, even today. After that was happening, uh, the head man run and brought a very old cross from the monastery and put it on his chest. The man immediately fell down on the floor, and he was subdued. After that, he kind of like, woken up from a deep sleep, and walked out of the monastery.

TRANSCRIBED BY: Faith Harvey

DATE OF TRANSCRIPTION (DD/MM/YYYY): 19/03/2008

PHONETIC TRANSCRIPTION OF UNSCRIPTED SPEECH: N/A

TRANSCRIBED BY: N/A

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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