Jamaica 5

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BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

AGE: 19

DATE OF BIRTH (DD/MM/YYYY): 10/07/1993

PLACE OF BIRTH: Spanish Town

GENDER: male

ETHNICITY: African-Jamaican

OCCUPATION: college student

EDUCATION: tertiary

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

Subject is from Linstead but also lived in Portmore, St. Catherine.

OTHER INFLUENCES ON SPEECH:

His parents are from West Moreland, Kingston.

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RECORDED BY: Elizabeth Montoya-Stemann

DATE OF RECORDING (DD/MM/YYYY): 22/02/2013

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ORTHOGRAPHIC TRANSCRIPTION OF UNSCRIPTED SPEECH:

Well, I am from Linstead, St. Catherine. My parents are originally from West Moreland. So, while growing up in Linstead, the d-dialect was different for me because I was used to that of Lins- … I was hearing that of Linstead and also of the West Moreland accent. In … at home I lived with my mother, my father, my niece, and my nephew. In my spare time, I enjoy track and field because I was exposed to this while in high school. So for me track and field is one of my favorite sports. I also love swimming; I go out and swim a lot in the rivers and beaches. I also enjoy cricket with my friends; we go on the ball ground and play cricket, yes. And in Jamaica I travel a lot. I travel to West Moreland to visit my family there. I would go to Negril in beach … at beach or Ocho Rios at the beach. Trelawny, where my family … my families are. I’ll also go to Manchester, very cold. Manchester is very cold; the days is cold as well, and I enjoy the food here in Jamaica; I enjoy Ackee and Salt fish very much, our national dish, aah, rice and peas, chicken, pork. Yes. And the entertainment, the music is very … lively? Is very lively. Reggae music, aah, yes is ve-very lively. I really enjoy living here in Jamaica. Well, when I go out and like I see my friends, a me say yoo! Wah wan gone dukes you good all of these things hhe [gigling] all these … yeah, yeah. Me rate living here, you know? Because the people them the … they are really, they are really fun to be around you, you know like you know like being around them, you, you open up to them; you just feel comfortable with everybody. You don’t go anywhere, and you, aa, you don’t somebody telling you, “Howdy, how you do”; you don’t go and you don’t hear that or, “You good, boss, you look so.” Yes, so I really … enjoy!

TRANSCRIBED BY: Elizabeth Montoya-Stemann

DATE OF TRANSCRIPTION (DD/MM/YYYY): 18/06/2013

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