Louisiana 4

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BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

AGE: 59

DATE OF BIRTH (DD/MM/YYYY): 06/09/1952

PLACE OF BIRTH: New Orleans, Louisiana

GENDER: male

ETHNICITY: white

OCCUPATION: banker

EDUCATION: bachelor’s degree in economics

AREA(S) OF RESIDENCE OUTSIDE REPRESENTATIVE REGION FOR LONGER THAN SIX MONTHS:

This subject was born and raised in the Gentilly neighborhood of New Orleans, Louisiana. For the past 25 years he has lived on the north shore of Lake Ponchartrain in Covington. Prior to that, he spent about five years in Metairie, on the outskirts of New Orleans.

OTHER INFLUENCES ON SPEECH:

The subject’s 25-year residence on the north shore of Lake Ponchartrain may have somewhat diminished his original New Orleans dialect, as many residents of the north shore are from other areas.

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RECORDED BY: Connie de Veer

DATE OF RECORDING (DD/MM/YYYY): 30/05/2012

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’m from New Orleans … grew up in Gentilly … ummmmm …. one of eleven boys. Uhhhhhh, we had fights all the time … uh, product of a Catholic school education … uhhhhh … grammar school, high school, college – University of New Orleans. Uhhhhhm, what else? I’m a banker, and I barely make a living doing that. But it’s fun work. I live in Covington, Louisiana, which is about 35 miles north of New Orleans on the north shore of Lake Ponchartrain. Uhhhhh, we came home from a very long trip to San Diego to see my brother Stephen graduate from the Naval Academy, or we visited him, and we all piled into a station wagon, 1958 Chevrolet station wagon. When we got home, everybody was so tired we all broke into a giant fist fight. We were fed up with being around each other; and my father terminated fight with several slaps on the top of the head, with my mother yelling at us, and we all went to bed exhausted.

TRANSCRIBED BY: Connie de Veer

DATE OF TRANSCRIPTION (DD/MM/YYYY): 23/10/2012

PHONETIC TRANSCRIPTION OF UNSCRIPTED SPEECH: N/A

TRANSCRIBED BY:  N/A

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

SCHOLARLY COMMENTARY: N/A

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DATE OF COMMENTARY (DD/MM/YYYY):  N/A

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