Grenada 1

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BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

AGE: 20

DATE OF BIRTH (DD/MM/YYYY): 19/01/1995

PLACE OF BIRTH: Grenada

GENDER: male

ETHNICITY: Afro-Caribbean (Speaker identifies as “Christian.”)

OCCUPATION: artist and photographer

EDUCATION: secondary

AREAS OF RESIDENCE OUTSIDE REPRESENTATIVE REGION FOR LONGER THAN SIX MONTHS:

Subject has never spent more than six months outside Grenada.

OTHER INFLUENCES ON SPEECH: none

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RECORDED BY: Dylan Paul

DATE OF RECORDING (DD/MM/YYYY): 19/01/2015

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, I love, well, when I do my art and so on I normally h- … aahm, hold it in exhibitions that is close, well, in the, in the town itself — St. George’s — um, you have different galleries there, and I’ll have up my paintings, and then, um, well, right about now I’m hopefully getting together a collection of paintings and pictures for my Website, cause I’m building my Website now. Ahm, but in Grenada itself, the best places that you can take pictures and do paintings is like close to the beachside or the cliffs. Ahm, old buildings, ’cause Grenada has a lot of old buildings in the town. Ahm, old French buildings? Yeah? Ummm, then other places is like on the Edge, opposite end of Grenada, ’cause you’re like in the north? North? The south? South of Grenada … And the north of Grenada — it has a super-high cliff that it can see down, almost see the other … islands that is also sisters of Grenada — Carriacou and Petite Martinique — according to how the tide is.

Yeah, aahm. Well, today is the first day from a whole week of rain. And first day of full sunshine, not even a drop from the sky. Um, yeah! And I’m hoping that it will continue — continue to be as shiny and as, uh, vibrant as it usually is because, you know, Grenada has so much beautiful colors from the rocks, to the trees, to the sky, to the waters, to the people, to the — you know — to the culture, everything.

TRANSCRIBED BY: Dylan Paul

DATE OF TRANSCRIPTION (DD/MM/YYYY): 26/01/2015

PHONETIC TRANSCRIPTION OF UNSCRIPTED SPEECH: N/A

TRANSCRIBED BY: N/A

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SCHOLARLY COMMENTARY:

Plural agreement issues using “is vs. are” are common in Caribbean dialects.  Note how even in  the scripted passage, the speaker unconsciously alters “her efforts were not futile” to “her efforts was not futile.”

Also:

– “That is also sisters of”

– “Exhibitions that is”

In words ending with “ing,”  ɪŋ→ɪn.  For instance,  Sufferin’, Gettin’, Buildin’, Buildins, cordin’ (according).

The dental fricatives “θ” and “ð” become alveolar plosives “t” and “d,” corresponding to their voiced or unvoiced counterpart.

Thought: [θɔt]→[tɔt] or more accurately in this recording, [tɑ̽t].

Other:  [ˈʌ.ðɚ]→[ˈʌ.də] or [ˈʌ.ɾə] (syllable breaks post consonant in Cambridge Pronouncing Dictionary).

Finally, “the” turns to “duh.”  Example: “from the rocks, to the trees, to the sky, to the waters, to the people, to the -you know, to the culture, everything.”

COMMENTARY BY: Dylan Paul

DATE OF COMMENTARY (DD/MM/YYYY): 26/01/2015

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