Michigan 11

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BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

AGE: 27

DATE OF BIRTH (DD/MM/YYYY): 1979

PLACE OF BIRTH: Grand Rapids, Michigan

GENDER: male

ETHNICITY: Caucasian (Dutch ancestry)

OCCUPATION: graduate student

EDUCATION: Subject has a master’s degree and was working on a Ph.D. when recorded.

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

Until the age of 23, he lived in western Michigan. He then moved to Columbus, Ohio, where he was living at the time of this interview.

OTHER INFLUENCES ON SPEECH:

Subject is studying British theatre history and the influence German theatre has had on it.

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RECORDED BY: Subject

DATE OF RECORDING (DD/MM/YYYY): 09/11/2006

PHONETIC TRANSCRIPTION OF SCRIPTED SPEECH: N/A

TRANSCRIBED BY: N/A

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

ORTHOGRAPHIC TRANSCRIPTION OF UNSCRIPTED SPEECH:

OK, so, um, I was actually born and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan. I lived there ‘til I was about, uh, 23 years old. Both of my parents were from Michigan. Um, a lot of my ancestors were actually all from the Netherlands, so very predominantly Dutch genes that I have, uh; a little bit of French, but all of my great-grandparents came over from the Netherlands, and they settled some in, um, western Michigan and some in Wisconsin. And, uh, that’s where most of my family still is. I lived in western Michigan until I was 23 years old. And then I moved down to Columbus, Ohio. So, not very far away, but there you go, it’s right there. Um, tsk, in terms of my education, I’m working on a dissertation. I only have less than one year left. And I’m writing actually on British theatre history and, uh, the influences by German theatre history, so, uh, someday I hope to be a professor somewhere at a small college, um, somewhere in the Midwest; that’s kind of where my heart is, because I grew up around here.

TRANSCRIBED BY: James Spencer

DATE OF TRANSCRIPTION (DD/MM/YYYY): 21/02/2008

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