Guanajuato 1

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BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

AGE: 56

DATE OF BIRTH (DD/MM/YYYY): 30/09/1953

PLACE OF BIRTH: La Soledad, San Jose del Tanque, Guanajuato, Mexico

GENDER: female

ETHNICITY: Mexican

OCCUPATION: housewife

EDUCATION: Subject completed schooling up to the 6th grade.

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

She was raised until age 13 in Los Cedros, San Felipe, Guanajuato. She lived three years in Ibarra, Guanajuato; 12 years in Guadalajara, Mexico; and four years in Portland, Oregon, United States. After Oregon, she moved back to Guadalajara for three years. She was living in El Segundo, California, United States, at the time of this recording.

OTHER INFLUENCES ON SPEECH:

In Oregon, she had taken a few classes from friends at church, in which she learned only basic and common words in English. Although she understands English fairly well, her ability to speak it is minimal. The English she knows now is from listening to the language, reading, and practicing with friends and family.

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RECORDED BY: Elizabeth Ramos (under supervision of David Nevell)

DATE OF RECORDING (DD/MM/YYYY): 23/11/2009

PHONETIC TRANSCRIPTION OF SCRIPTED SPEECH:

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TRANSCRIBED BY: Ryan Denzer-King

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

ORTHOGRAPHIC TRANSCRIPTION OF UNSCRIPTED SPEECH:

I’m from Guanajuato, Mexico. Now I live in El Segundo. Um, I have, um, eight childrens: five girls and three boys. But now they are grow, so I’m, uh, I’m in home. Um, I’m doing nothing, so I try to go, um, once, uh, again once, uh, a week, um, with, uh, some lady. I try to speak English, and then, um, I’m fine so I, I, I like to go to shopping and have fun everyday, so thank you. [laughter]

TRANSCRIBED BY: Elizabeth Ramos (under supervision of David Nevell)

DATE OF TRANSCRIPTION (DD/MM/YYYY): 23/11/2009

PHONETIC TRANSCRIPTION OF UNSCRIPTED SPEECH:

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TRANSCRIBED BY: Ryan Denzer-King

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

SCHOLARLY COMMENTARY:

SOUND CHANGES

1.  [ɪ] -> [i]

Examples: in, it, picked, kit, woman, official, implied, animal, disease, sentimental, itchy, which, it, different, administered, live, nothing, liz

2. [eɪ]-> [e]

Examples: daily, plain, made, take, paying, name, lady, day

3. [æ] -> [а]

Examples: had, at, happy, that, trap, back

4. [ʊ] ->[u]

Examples: put, could, foot, full, cook, shouldn’t, bush.

5.  [oʊ] -> [o]

Examples: so, soap, grow, home, hole, go, road, rose, hole

6. [ʌ] -> [a]

Examples: much, strut, come, young, jump

CHARACTERISTICS AND FEATURES

1. rhotic, trill and post alveolar approximate

2. weak consonants and short vowels

3. devoicing of voiced plosives and fricatives at the ends of words

4. [e] commonly in front of /sp/, /st/, and /sc/ words

5. relaxed jaw, light, quick, assimilation

COMMENTARY BY: Elizabeth Ramos (under supervision of David Nevell); IPA editing by Dylan Paul

DATE OF COMMENTARY (DD/MM/YYYY): 23/11/2009

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