Malta 1

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BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

AGE: 35

DATE OF BIRTH (DD/MM/YYYY): 24/08/1981

PLACE OF BIRTH: Malta (exact location unknown)

GENDER: male

ETHNICITY: Caucasian/Maltese

OCCUPATION: risk manager

EDUCATION: bachelor’s degree

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

Subject has never lived outside Malta for longer than six months.

OTHER INFLUENCES ON SPEECH:

He declared no particular influences.

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RECORDED BY: Patrizia Anesa

DATE OF RECORDING (DD/MM/YYYY): 30/11/2016

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 was born in Malta, and I was — I lived here all my life. I studied English in school from the age of 6 until the age of 16. I consider Maltese to be my first language, and I speak it at home; um, I speak Maltese at work, but written correspondence at work is all in, uh, in English. I haven’t been influenced in any way when it comes to my English accent apart from what I hear around me here in the country because I haven’t lived overseas for any long period of time, so my accent is influenced by foreigners who live here and um, work colleagues, I would say, and maybe even, um, when I was still a student; obviously my fellow students must have had an influence on my, on my English accent. In Malta, both Maltese and English are official languages. In fact, laws are enacted in both, in both languages.

I’m now going to talk about the Maltese language in Maltese: Il-Malti hija waħda mill-lingwi uffiċjali ta’ Malta flimkien mal- Ingliż. Il-Malti jinstema’ simili għall-Għarbi, dan minħabba li, bħala lingwa Semitika, l-għeruq tiegħu huma bbażati fuq l-Għarbi. Il-Malti jinkiteb bl-alfabett Latin u jinqara mix-xellug għal-lemin. Huwa jinkludi wkoll għadd kbir ta’ kliem li ġej mit-Taljan u mill-Ingliż.

[English translation: Maltese is one of the official languages of Malta together with English. Maltese sounds similar to Arabic; this is because, as a Semitic language, it is based on Arabic. Maltese is written using the Latin alphabet and is read from left to right. It includes a considerable number of words derived from Italian and English.]

TRANSCRIBED BY: Patrizia Anesa

DATE OF TRANSCRIPTION (DD/MM/YYYY): 03/12/2016

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