Illinois 17

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BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

AGE: 68

DATE OF BIRTH (DD/MM/YYYY): 07/10/1946

PLACE OF BIRTH: Chicago

GENDER: female

ETHNICITY: African-American

OCCUPATION: N/A

EDUCATION: two years of college

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

Subject had been living in Marion (in southern Illinois) for 23 years when this recording was made.

OTHER INFLUENCES ON SPEECH:

Subject says she has done acting and public speaking. This, combined with her more than two decades away from her hometown, has likely diminished her Chicago dialect.

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RECORDED BY: Amelia Morse Kolkmeyer

DATE OF RECORDING (DD/MM/YYYY): 01/04/2015

PHONETIC TRANSCRIPTION OF SCRIPTED SPEECH: N/A

TRANSCRIBED BY: N/A

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

ORTHOGRAPHIC TRANSCRIPTION OF UNSCRIPTED SPEECH:

Oh! Well, I love going to this church. I always have; I found it very, very friendly; very, very helpful, very loving. My Sunday school class is wonderful. I’ve been in that class 23 1/2 years; that’s how long I’ve been down here. And my husband and I absolutely love it. Um, I don’t sing, so that’s why I’m not in choir. But I do bits in acting and speaking because I enjoy that too. I just love people. And I love life. And I thank the Lord for blessing me like that. Now, is there anything else you need? Oh! Thank you.

TRANSCRIBED BY: Amelia Morse Kolkmeyer

DATE OF TRANSCRIPTION (DD/MM/YYYY): 01/04/2015

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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