Jamaica 14

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BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

AGE: 35

DATE OF BIRTH (DD/MM/YYYY): 18/06/1980

PLACE OF BIRTH: Kingston

GENDER: male

ETHNICITY: Jamaican/African

OCCUPATION: tech. multimedia services

EDUCATION: tertiary

AREAS OF RESIDENCE OUTSIDE REPRESENTATIVE REGION FOR LONGER THAN SIX MONTHS: none

OTHER INFLUENCES ON SPEECH: N/A

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RECORDED BY: Elizabeth Montoya-Stemann

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

PHONETIC TRANSCRIPTION OF SCRIPTED SPEECH: N/A

TRANSCRIBED BY: N/A

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

ORTHOGRAPHIC TRANSCRIPTION OF UNSCRIPTED SPEECH:

All right, so, ah, this is supposed to be one minute of, um, random speech or something like that — free speech, that’s one, right? So, I am Jamaican, um, speaking English, obviously, likkle [sic] bit of patwa. I am a Kingstonian but love the country, love sports, love music, love love, love life, ah, also love giving thanks every time — giving thanks to the Most High, giving thanks to the creator and giving thanks for life, health, and strength. Um, I am not sure if we are anywhere near one minute just yet, but hopefully you can get an idea of what a Jamaican male voice sounds like. Well, a Kingstonian one anyway; if you hear from other parts of the country, you’ll hear different accents: thicker, lighter, more nasal, more chesty, more throaty. Nuff different variations, but, anyway, that’s it for me. One minute of free speech.

TRANSCRIBED BY: Elizabeth Montoya-Stemann

DATE OF TRANSCRIPTION (DD/MM/YYYY): 10/03/2016

PHONETIC TRANSCRIPTION OF UNSCRIPTED SPEECH: N/A

TRANSCRIBED BY: N/A

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

SCHOLARLY COMMENTARY:

The speaker is using words such as likkle (little) and nuff (enough) that are peculiar Jamaican words frequently used by Jamaican speakers of Standard English.

COMMENTARY BY: Elizabeth Montoya-Stemann

DATE OF COMMENTARY (DD/MM/YYYY): 10/03/2016

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