Jamaica 9

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BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

AGE: 18

DATE OF BIRTH (DD/MM/YYYY): 27/03/1997

PLACE OF BIRTH: New Market (rural western Jamaica)

GENDER: female

ETHNICITY: African-Jamaican

OCCUPATION: student

EDUCATION: tertiary

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

Subject has also lived in Mosquito Valley and Red Hills (St.Andrew, Jamaica). She has never lived outside Jamaica.

OTHER INFLUENCES ON SPEECH:

Her social status and peers are influences.

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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:

I live in the rural section of Jamaica. Well, the accent and language in the rural section in where I live is different from the urban section, um, in where I am staying right now. Um, I have a friend by the name of Tori-Ann; she lives in the urban section, in Kingston. She speaks different in with sometimes you can hear a different accent, and sometimes her calling of words maybe a little bit different from mine. Sometimes I am often laughed at because for they say I speak country; well, um, in rural Jamaica most persons, um, speak different with their accent and such because of their language and how they were brought up or their, or their status helps them to speak that way.

TRANSCRIBED BY: Elizabeth Montoya-Stemann

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

PHONETIC TRANSCRIPTION OF UNSCRIPTED SPEECH: N/A

TRANSCRIBED BY: N/A

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

SCHOLARLY COMMENTARY:

The speaker comes from a rural area in Jamaica that is considered by Jamaicans a parish where people speak “deep patwa.” Notice the extra care given to the language reflected in the slow rate of speech.

COMMENTARY BY: Elizabeth Montoya-Stemann

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

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