Nebraska 2

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BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

AGE: 54

DATE OF BIRTH (DD/MM/YYYY): 1946

PLACE OF BIRTH: Omaha, Nebraska

GENDER: female

ETHNICITY: Caucasian

OCCUPATION: N/A

EDUCATION: N/A

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

Subject was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska. She has also lived in New York and Colorado.

OTHER INFLUENCES ON SPEECH: N/A

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RECORDED BY: Andrew Travis

DATE OF RECORDING (DD/MM/YYYY): 26/11/2000

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 have lots of really memories of growing up and of going on family vacations.  Um, there are many stories that I can tell.  Um, I s– … one of my favorite stories is, um, mMy dad had, um — an’ still does — has a habit of “damn” an’ “shit” an’ “hell” an’ those kinds of things kind of easily flowing out of his mouth.  An’ little sister, who is now raising her own child of about the same age … um, when Julie was, oh, prob’ly about 2 or 3 years old, um, we all had our own suitcases, our own kind of bags to fill before the trip, with clothes.  An’ my mom would lay out everything she wanted us to pack.  We’d pack ’em, take ’em down to dad.  He’d get ’em in the trailer an’ off we’d go.  This particular time, Julie had a little pink suitcase, on the bottom.  An’ the top flap that came down had a picture of, I don’t know, some farm animals or somethin’.  It was very bright. …

TRANSCRIBED BY: Jacqueline Baker

DATE OF TRANSCRIPTION (DD/MM/YYYY): 01/07/2008

PHONETIC TRANSCRIPTION OF UNSCRIPTED SPEECH: N/A

TRANSCRIBED BY: N/A

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

SCHOLARLY COMMENTARY:

Note the strong R-coloring on words like “square,” “her” and “mirror.” She seems to be careful with the reading; note the overuse of released t’s. The vowel in BATH and TRAP are the same, though TRAP followed by a nasal, in words like “and” and “goddamn,” has the typical Midwest nasal onglide. Also note the consistent rhythm and melodic quality, perhaps influenced by the fact that she’s had considerable singing training.

COMMENTARY BY: Andrew Travis

DATE OF COMMENTARY (DD/MM/YYYY): 26/11/2000

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