Italy 14

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BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

AGE: 80

DATE OF BIRTH (DD/MM/YYYY): 02/02/1932

PLACE OF BIRTH: Torre Annunziata, Naples, Italy

GENDER: female

ETHNICITY: Italian

OCCUPATION: homemaker

EDUCATION: high school graduate

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

She was born in Naples, in the city of Torre Annunziata. She left Italy in 1952 to come to America and moved to San Pedro, California, to become a U.S. citizen.

OTHER INFLUENCES ON SPEECH:

Her attempt to gain U.S. citizenship was prolonged because she did not know how to speak English yet. Her husband knew some English, and she learned from him very quickly. They listened to American radio, people, and television to help her learn. She took the California citizenship test one year later in the beginning of 1953, and passed the test the first time. In 1958, she relocated to Cathedral City, California, and was still there at the time of this recording.

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RECORDED BY: Briana Gattuso (under supervision of David Nevell)

DATE OF RECORDING (DD/MM/YYYY): 30/03/2012

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ORTHOGRAPHIC TRANSCRIPTION OF UNSCRIPTED SPEECH:

Well, I was, uh, born in Naples: little town, uh, near, uh, near Pompeii. Eh, my mother had, uh, seven kids. So we were three, uh, four sister [and] three brother. So, and, um, some that came in 1966. I came in 1952. I got married at 53, and I was, uh, married 54 years. Well, then my marriage … I have, uh, two daughter: one Rita and one Josette…

TRANSCRIBED BY: Briana Gattuso (under supervision of David Nevell)

DATE OF TRANSCRIPTION (DD/MM/YYYY): 30/03/2012

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