Iowa 1

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BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

AGE: 21

DATE OF BIRTH (DD/MM/YYYY): 1986

PLACE OF BIRTH: Spencer, Iowa

GENDER: female

ETHNICITY: Caucasian

OCCUPATION: student

EDUCATION: Subject was in her third year of university at the time of this recording.

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

She was raised in Linn Grove, Iowa, and was living in Boca Raton, Florida, at the time of this interview.

OTHER INFLUENCES ON SPEECH: N/A

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RECORDED BY: Adam Rælson

DATE OF RECORDING (DD/MM/YYYY): 15/02/2008

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ORTHOGRAPHIC TRANSCRIPTION OF UNSCRIPTED SPEECH:

I’m from a small town in northwest Iowa. There’s not really a lot to do there. We just hung out with our friends, and, there wasn’t really a lot to do, but we had the … fun. Um, everyone pretty much knows everyone; it’s a pretty small, tight-knit community. There’s lots of cornfields, and animals, and farms. So, a lot of my friends lived on farms, but I lived in town. Um, I don’t know what else to say, but uh, that’s it!

TRANSCRIBED BY: N/A

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SCHOLARLY COMMENTARY:

She does not seem to have a very strong deviation from a standard American accent. In the word “veterinary” she pronounces it “vech-ruh-nary” with emphasis on the first syllable and a more nasalized /æ/ before the “r.” She pronounces “territory” with that same nasalized /æ/ before the “r.” This sound occurs regularly in her recording whenever there is a near-front open-mid un-rounded vowel or /a/ before an “r.” She pronounces the first syllable of “either” with an /i/ sound (opposed to an /ai/ sound). Though it’s not in the recording, this subject says “pop” when referring to a sweet, carbonated beverage.

COMMENTARY BY: Adam Rælson

DATE OF COMMENTARY (DD/MM/YYYY): 15/02/2008

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