Jamaica 13

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BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

AGE: 18

DATE OF BIRTH (DD/MM/YYYY): 22/03/1997

PLACE OF BIRTH: Annotto Bay, Saint Mary

GENDER: female

ETHNICITY: African-Jamaican

OCCUPATION: student

EDUCATION: tertiary

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

Subject was born in Saint Mary but grew up in Windsor Castle in the parish of Portland.  She’s also lived in Kingston.

OTHER INFLUENCES ON SPEECH:

She spoke Jamaican Creole from an early age with close family members.

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RECORDED BY: Elizabeth Montoya-Stemann

DATE OF RECORDING (DD/MM/YYYY): 04/02/2016

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ORTHOGRAPHIC TRANSCRIPTION OF UNSCRIPTED SPEECH:

Most Jamaicans today are known for speaking Creole. I think, um, Creole is a language that, um, most of us grown up hearing. So, um, for us to be able to speak, um, English fluently, it would have to start from in the home, so you know the parents and other family members would, would have to ensure that they teach it to speak properly then, because that is the word that we Jamaicans use: “speak properly.” They will have to ensure that they don’t, um, speak much Creole around you and to ensure that, that, um, you get the basic background of speaking standard English and with also have to practice our words’ pronunciation and how to articulate the words that, that, that, um, that they sound better because when, when, the, the articulations that are placed on words determine the meaning of the words. So, some time we might articulate a word wrong and give it a wrong meaning. Um, back in Portland, where I live, I think our Creole sound different from a person that may comes…

TRANSCRIBED BY: Elizabeth Montoya-Stemann

DATE OF TRANSCRIPTION (DD/MM/YYYY): 15/02/2016

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