Mississippi 6

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BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

AGE: 45

DATE OF BIRTH (DD/MM/YYYY): 12/11/1970

PLACE OF BIRTH: Clarksdale, Mississippi

GENDER: female

ETHNICITY: Caucasian

OCCUPATION: writer

EDUCATION: master’s degree

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

Subject has never lived outside Mississippi. She grew up in Friars Point, near Clarksdale.

OTHER INFLUENCES ON SPEECH:

She mentions that she smoked for two years while in high school as an influence on her speech.

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RECORDED BY: Mendy McMasters

DATE OF RECORDING (DD/MM/YYYY): 30/09/2016

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ORTHOGRAPHIC TRANSCRIPTION OF UNSCRIPTED SPEECH:

Um, I am from this area. I have lived here all my life. I live about five miles from the college, um, on the site of an old plantation. Um, when I was first married, which was very young, when I was 18. I’ve been married 27 years now. I grew up across the street from my husband, in a really small river town here called Friars Point. Um, we lived in the original plantation house when we first got married; it was built in 1882. Um, it’s on school section, 16 Section land now, so we were forced out of there when the water situation got really bad; it was just not a good situation with the water; we had a baby, so we moved. And the house now, sadly, is almost on the ground. It has just, um — it looks like the earth is about to swallow it up. The, um, school board obviously couldn’t afford to maintain it; they wouldn’t allow us to buy it, because it was sitting on 16 Section land, but there were hand-carved mantles; there was original wallpaper, which I’ve got some pieces of framed in my home now. So we moved to Clarksdale, and we lived in Clarksdale for 13 years, and we had a son on — my daughter’s the oldest, and we lived here for 13 years and then, one of the same houses on the plantation, which is called King and Anderson — around here it’s still known as King and Anderson — um, this would have been the grandson of the original house built in 1882; the house was still, this house was still there built in probably the ’50s, and so it had been left, um, abandoned, so it had been vandalized, and it was in terrible condition; went under foreclosure; my husband bought it, we completely renovated it, um, and so that’s where we live now, and so that’s the story.

TRANSCRIBED BY: Mendy McMasters

DATE OF TRANSCRIPTION (DD/MM/YYYY): 06/10/2016

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