Japan 11

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BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

AGE: 38

DATE OF BIRTH (DD/MM/YYYY): 02/11/1975

PLACE OF BIRTH: Tokyo

GENDER: female

ETHNICITY: Japanese

OCCUPATION: student

EDUCATION: Subject is pursuing her PhD.

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

Subject lived in Christchurch, New Zealand, for six months, and in York, United Kingdom, for two years.

OTHER INFLUENCES ON SPEECH:

She has a preference for Standard British English and had a partner for more than two years who spoke English as a first language.

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RECORDED BY: Irene-Chen Shen

DATE OF RECORDING (DD/MM/YYYY): 15/07/2014

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

ORTHOGRAPHIC TRANSCRIPTION OF UNSCRIPTED SPEECH:

I’m from Tokyo, Japan. Where I am from is quite busy, like London. Where I live is located in the center, so you can go everywhere [in] almost within fifteen or twenty minutes. I personally like living in busy city, but not so much green and relaxing; it’s always busy. So if you don’t like very busy city, then not sure if you’ll like or not. But for me, yeah, quite perfect.

Yeah, about food, em, since Tokyo is a big city, you can pretty much try everything, like, such as Italian, Spanish, America. I don’t know any special American food, but, yeah, you can try. And also, nice Japanese food, and because fish market is very close to us, so you can have nice and fresh fish as well. Yeah, very convenient and very exciting city.

TRANSCRIBED BY: Irene-Chen Shen

DATE OF TRANSCRIPTION (DD/MM/YYYY): 12/04/2015

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