India 4

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BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

AGE: 20s

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

PLACE OF BIRTH: Northern India

GENDER: male

ETHNICITY: N/A

OCCUPATION: student

EDUCATION: Subject was a graduate student at the time of this interview.

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

OTHER INFLUENCES ON SPEECH: N/A

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RECORDED BY: Nancy Wilcox (under the supervision of Paul Meier)

DATE OF RECORDING (DD/MM/YYYY): 03/04/2001

PHONETIC TRANSCRIPTION OF SCRIPTED SPEECH: N/A

TRANSCRIBED BY: N/A

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

ORTHOGRAPHIC TRANSCRIPTION OF UNSCRIPTED SPEECH:

Anybody will, if they look through the history, will find that India has 16 major languages. There’s … Those are nat … uh …  nationally recognized languages. They have their own, their have … they have …, each one has its own grammar. Each one has its own …, own accent and phonetics, everything is totally different from the other language. So if I go from Rajasthan to let’s say the Southern part of India, I won’t be able to understand the language in the other state. So there are 25 states and nearly all of them have a … have a … have a language of their own. And not only that, each language has its own dialects, so that, just in case of England, we find that if you go to the northern part of England they, they speak in a different … they speak in a different tone, they-they, they speak in a different …, they have different accent. And a person from Southern England, if it, if he goes to the northern part, he won’t even be able to understand him, the accent there. India, … all its … with all its 16 languages, each one having its own dialects, you can imagine how much difficult it is for a person to understand each language. And … and … So, this is what, I mean the … I mean … Indians, although they didn’t like being ruled by … by the Queen … um … um, for the, for two hundred years, that they ruled us, but the one thing that they did very good to India was they united the country, with all its div-ehm … with all its diversity, and English has now become one unifying language in India.  [Subject then reads part of “Comma Gets a Cure” in an Indian language, not identified.]

TRANSCRIBED BY: Laura Arman

DATE OF TRANSCRIPTION (DD/MM/YYYY): 13/03/2008

PHONETIC TRANSCRIPTION OF UNSCRIPTED SPEECH: N/A

TRANSCRIBED BY: N/A

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

SCHOLARLY COMMENTARY:

If you are a dialect researcher, or an actor using this sample to develop your skill in the accent, please see my instruction manual at www.paulmeier.com. As the speaker in this sample is a unique individual, it is highly unlikely that he will conform to my analysis in every detail. But you will find it interesting and instructive to notice which of my “signature sounds” and “additional features” (always suggested only as commonly heard features of the accent) are widely used by most speakers of the accent or dialect, and which are subject to variation from individual to individual.

COMMENTARY BY: Paul Meier

DATE OF COMMENTARY (DD/MM/YYYY): 10/11/2016

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