Iowa 5

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BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

AGE: 21

DATE OF BIRTH (DD/MM/YYYY): 01/09/1995

PLACE OF BIRTH: Des Moines

GENDER: female

ETHNICITY: Caucasian

OCCUPATION: student

EDUCATION: two years of undergraduate studies

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

At the time of this recording, the subject had been living in Iowa City (eastern Iowa) for two years.

OTHER INFLUENCES ON SPEECH: N/A

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RECORDED BY: Kris Danford

DATE OF RECORDING (DD/MM/YYYY): 18/07/2016

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’m 21 years old, and I’m currently a full-time student. I enjoy traveling and spending time with my-y friends and family. Um, I have a very large family. I have five brothers and two sisters. My oldest brother, Johnny, is 32, and he works at a company called ChemEx. Um, my sister Diana is also 32, and she is a nurse practitioner. Um, my second sister is Erin, and she’s 29 and currently works at Principal Financial. Um, David is 27, and he is currently in school to become a dentist. My brother Jordan is 25, and he works at a com- a company called, um, Medtronic. Taylor is 23, and he’s currently a manager at Hy-Vee. And finally Colin is my youngest brother, and he’s 19, and he is currently a full-time student. Um, my father is John, and he is a financial consultant at Principle Financial, and my mother is Angela, and she is a nurse at an allergy clinic.

TRANSCRIBED BY: Kris Danford

DATE OF TRANSCRIPTION (DD/MM/YYYY): 08/05/2017

PHONETIC TRANSCRIPTION OF UNSCRIPTED SPEECH: N/A

TRANSCRIBED BY: N/A

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

SCHOLARLY COMMENTARY:

The speaker often uses glottal stops at the ends of words, sometimes preceding a vowel: e.g., start, strut, treatment, consultant, thought. R can be quite hard: e.g., rare form, cure. The a in apple can be very flat and somewhat nasalized; this is, however, not consistent: e.g., can’t imagine, unsanitary, family, and. Words using the middle o employ very little lip rounding: e.g., medtronic, comma. The diphthong in “cure” shifts instead to the sound in “her.” The word “old” exhibits a subtle change: After the initial [o], the second stage of the diphthong seems to relax to a schwa, rather than the lips rounding further to the sound in “book.” “Veterinary” is pronounced vetinary, with what sounds like a nasal release on the t. Lastly, devoicing of final voiced consonants is present: e.g., expensive, times.

COMMENTARY BY: Kris Danford

DATE OF COMMENTARY (DD/MM/YYYY): 08/05/2017

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