Manitoba 1

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BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

AGE: 20

DATE OF BIRTH (DD/MM/YYYY): 02/05/1994

PLACE OF BIRTH: Brandon, Manitoba

GENDER:  male

ETHNICITY:  Caucasian

OCCUPATION: student

EDUCATION: Subject has completed his first year of university.

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

Subject moved to Toronto, Ontario, at the age of 18, two years before this recording was made.

OTHER INFLUENCES ON SPEECH: none

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RECORDED BY: Joel Edmiston (under supervision of Eric Armstrong)

DATE OF RECORDING (DD/MM/YYYY): 12/05/20014

PHONETIC TRANSCRIPTION OF SCRIPTED SPEECH: N/A

TRANSCRIBED BY: N/A

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

ORTHOGRAPHIC TRANSCRIPTION OF UNSCRIPTED SPEECH:

My sister had moved to Toronto like a number of years ago, or maybe this was bef — I don’t know. Whatever. But, uh, we were — we took a train to come visit Toronto from, like, Northern Ontario, and it was a bit of an eventful trip, I guess. Uh, on the way through Sudbury, a car drove into the side of the train. So, we were — I was with my dad. We were in like the caboose, I guess. He was getting coffee, and it sort of struck and he threw the coffee against the — the wall. And what happened was this — this woman had fallen asleep driving and just sort of — this old woman — and just drove into the side of the train — and her car just bounced back and lit on fire. But I — I’m telling this story because she survived, so it’s not that morbid, in a sense. Um, I think she survived. I’m sorry. But, uh, and then we — later on we got to go right through a — a forest fire, because there were two trains that were waiting, and one of them had like wheat or something and it’s — I guess they want that going through the fire, but people was fine. Um, but I was asleep for most of it so that’s. It was a bit upsetting. But I think it would be cool. Um, and then, we ran into my cousin on the — on the train, which is less interesting.

TRANSCRIBED BY: Joel Edmiston (under supervision of Eric Armstrong)

DATE OF TRANSCRIPTION (DD/MM/YYYY): 17/05/2014

PHONETIC TRANSCRIPTION OF UNSCRIPTED SPEECH:

əm mæɪ̯ ˈsɪstɚ həd muvd̚ tə ˈtrɒnʌʊ̯ ˈləɪ̯kə ˈnʌmbɚ əv jɪɚz əˈgʌʊ̯ | ɔɚ ˈmɛɪ̯bɨ ðɪs wəz bif | aɪ dʌʊ̯ˈnʌʊ̯ ‖ wəˈɾɛvɚ ‖ bʌɾ ʌ wi wɝ ǀ wi tʊk ə tɹɛɪ̯n tuː kʌm vɪzɪ̆t̚ ˈtɹɑnʌʊ̯ fɹəm ləɪ̯k ˈnoɚ̯ðɚn ɑnˈtɛɚ̯ɹi.ʌʊ ‖ ɛnd ɪt wəs ə bɪt əvˑ ən ɪˈvɛntfəɫ tɹɪp aɪ ɡɛs ‖ ʌ ʌn ðə weɪ θɹu ˈsʌdbɹɨ ə kɑɚ̯ dɹoʊ̯v ɪntə ðə saɪ̯d ə ðə tɹeɪ̯n ‖ sʌʊ̯ wi wɝ | aɪ̯ wəz wɪθ maɪ̯ dæd ‖ wi wɚ ɪn ləɪ̯k ðə kəˈbus aɪ̯ gɛs ‖ hi wəz ˈɡɛɾɪŋ ˈkɑfɨ ən ɪt sɚɾ əv stɹʌk ɪn hi θɹu ðə ˈkɑfɨ əˈɡɛnst ðə ðə wɑɫ ‖ ən wət̚ ˈhæpm̩d̚ wəz ðɪs | ðɪs ˈwʊmən hæd ˈfɒlən əˈslip ˈdɹaɪ̯vɪŋ ‖ ən dʒɪs sɔɚ̯t əv | ðɪs ʌʊ̯l ˈwʊmən | ən dʒɪs dɹʌʊ̯v ɪntə ðə saɪ̯d əv ðə tɹɛɪ̯n ‖ ən ɚ kɑɚ̯ ləɪ̯k baʊ̯nst bæk ən lɪɾ ɑn faɪ̯ɚ bəɾ aɪ̯ | aɪ̯m ˈtɛ̞lɪŋ ðɪs stɔɚˌɹɨ bɪˈkʌs ʃi sɚˈvaɪvd sʌʊ̯ ‖ sə ɪts nɑt ðæt ˈmɔɚ̯bɪd ɪn ə sɛ̞ns ‖ ʌm | aɪ̯ θɪŋk ʃi sɚˈvaɪ̯vd ætlɨ̆ | aɪ̯m ˈsɔɚ̯ɹɨ ‖ bəɾ ʌ | ən ɛn wi ˈleɪ̯ɾɚ ɑn wi ɡɒt tə ɡʌʊ̯ ɹəɪ̯t θɹu eɪ ə ˈfɔɚ̯ɹɪs faɪ̯ɚ ‖ kʌz ɛɚ̯ ɚ tu tɹɛ̃ɪ̯nz ðət wɚ weɪ̯ɾɪŋ ən wʌn ə ðəm hæd ləɪ̯k wiɾ ɚ ˈsʌmθɪŋ ən sə aɪ̯ ˈɡɛs ðeɪ̯ dɪdnʔ wɑnt | ðæt ɡʌʊ̯ɪn θɹu ðə faɪ̯ɚ bət̚ pɨpɫ wʌz̥ faɪ̯n ‖ ʌm | bəɾ aɪ̯ wʌz əˈslip fɚ mʌʊ̯st əv ɪt ‖ sə ðæts | ɪt wəs ə bɪɾ ʌpˈsɛɾɪŋ | bəɾ aɪ̯ θɪŋk ɪt̚ wʊd bi ˈku.əɫ ‖ ɐːm | ən ɛn | wi ɹæn ɪntə maɪ̯ ˈkʌzɪn ɑn ðə | ɑn ðə tɹeɪ̯n wɪtʃ ɪz lɛ̞s ˈɪntɹəsˌtɪŋ ‖

TRANSCRIBED BY: Joel Edmiston (under supervision of Eric Armstrong)

DATE OF TRANSCRIPTION (DD/MM/YYYY): 27/05/2014

SCHOLARLY COMMENTARY:

The informant’s speech is typical of urban Manitoba speech, and the speech of most of central Canada. Salient features include:

  • reasonably strong R-coloring of the start, force/north, square, near, cure, nurse and letter lexical sets
  • merger of bath, lot, thought sets (with a few exceptions, such as “fallen”) [ɑ]
  • a relaxing and loss of rounding in the goat set [ʌʊ̯]
  • Canadian Raising on the price and mouth sets when followed by voiceless consonants [əɪ̯ , əʊ̯] (which contrasts with unraised versions on “pride” and “mouthe” words, before voiced consonants or coda) [aɪ̯ , a̟ʊ]
  • Unstressed intervocalic /t/ is tapped [ɾ]
  • a more open “face” and more open vowel in “dress” words, another classic Central Canadian feature.
  • a final Dark-L /ɫ/, so dark that it causes breakinɡ, as in [ˈku.əɫ]

COMMENTARY BY: Eric Armstrong

DATE OF COMMENTARY (DD/MM/YYYY): 06/06/2014

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