Iowa 3

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BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

AGE: 33

DATE OF BIRTH (DD/MM/YYYY): 07/02/1983

PLACE OF BIRTH: Cedar Rapids, Iowa

GENDER: female

ETHNICITY: Caucasian

OCCUPATION: freelancer

EDUCATION: BA degree

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

OTHER INFLUENCES ON SPEECH: N/A

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RECORDED BY: Kris Danford

DATE OF RECORDING (DD/MM/YYYY): 04/04/2016

PHONETIC TRANSCRIPTION OF SCRIPTED SPEECH: N/A

TRANSCRIBED BY: N/A

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

ORTHOGRAPHIC TRANSCRIPTION OF UNSCRIPTED SPEECH:

I was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. I grew up in a rural community, spent a lot of time on my grandparents’ farm. That was always fun. And, um, they had chickens and cows and cats and dogs. And my grandpa farmed corn and soybeans. The cows were dairy cattle, so that was fun trying to milk them when we were kids. Um, and he had the funniest names for them. Instead of, like, you know, normal names, he would just call them, um, Blackie, little Blackie, big Blackie, White Face; Next was one of ’em. [laughs] There was Mama and Heifer, which is funny because heifers haven’t had cows and so they don’t produce milk, but this one had had a cow so. [laughs] Um, yeah, so growing up — growing up in that area was, was a lot of fun. And, uh, now that my grandpa has passed, especially, I love going back to the farm and just hanging out and walking around on the — on the land.

TRANSCRIBED BY: Kris Danford

DATE OF TRANSCRIPTION (DD/MM/YYYY): 19/04/2016

PHONETIC TRANSCRIPTION OF UNSCRIPTED SPEECH: N/A

TRANSCRIBED BY: N/A

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

SCHOLARLY COMMENTARY:

Please note the following:

  • The speaker exhibits very little lip rounding (e.g., “so”)
  • “comma comma”: high jaw, brighter vowel, little lip-rounding
  • hard [r]: “funniest names for”
  • “dairy”: vowel is a bit flatter than in General American
  • “land”: flatter vowel than in General American (slightly nasal quality)

COMMENTARY BY: Kris Danford

DATE OF COMMENTARY (DD/MM/YYYY): 19/04/2016

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