Hubei 1

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BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

AGE: 23

DATE OF BIRTH (DD/MM/YYYY): 26/12/1985

PLACE OF BIRTH: Wuhan, Hubei Province

GENDER: male

ETHNICITY: Chinese (exact ethnicity unknown)

OCCUPATION: student

EDUCATION: At the time of the recording, the subject was a university undergraduate.

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

Subject went to live in Sydney, Australia, at the age of 6, and later moved to New Zealand, where he was enrolled in an undergraduate program in Wellington at the time of the recording.

OTHER INFLUENCES ON SPEECH: N/A

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RECORDED BY: David Nevell

DATE OF RECORDING (DD/MM/YYYY): 19/06/2008

PHONETIC TRANSCRIPTION OF SCRIPTED SPEECH: N/A

TRANSCRIBED BY: N/A

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

ORTHOGRAPHIC TRANSCRIPTION OF UNSCRIPTED SPEECH:

Um, OK, um, I was born in China, um, in a city called Wuhan, which is, um, in the middle of China, sort of. It’s like, kind of like a … a … it’s like at the center between Hong Kong and Beijing, and from Shanghai to the west of China. So it’s like at that midpoint road. So all the railways, um, went through it. And, um, there was like a huge, um, river that cut through it to go west of China. Um, and I remember being a little … I was … I don’t remember much because, um, I left China when I was 6. Um, and I remember saying to my grandma, because my dad was the first to leave. He left one year before me and my mom moved to Australia. And, um, I remember saying to my grandmother, “I’ll [unclear] and then I’ll come back.” Um, and the reason I will say that was because I’ll say I’ll remember my dad was always, um, when I was small like I … I was horrible at eating. Like, um, I think it was because, apparently, when I was smaller, when I first began eating solid food, my dad started showing off and he’d stuff me with heap, heaps of food. Like, little goose eggs and stuff. And apparently, that, after one [unclear] I either I got sick of food, or I kept choking on my food. And because I kept choking I never wanted to eat my food. And, like, so he would always, like, smack me and make me eat my food.

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

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

PHONETIC TRANSCRIPTION OF UNSCRIPTED SPEECH: N/A

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

SCHOLARLY COMMENTARY: N/A

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

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