Netherlands 5

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BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

AGE: 38

DATE OF BIRTH (DD/MM/YYYY): 1969

PLACE OF BIRTH: Nieuwpoort, Netherlands

GENDER: male

ETHNICITY: Dutch

OCCUPATION: organic biology teacher

EDUCATION: higher education

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

Subject attended school in the Netherlands (Nieuwpoort, Strien and Leiden), Canada, and New York, and currently lives in Southern California.

OTHER INFLUENCES ON SPEECH:

Subject learned English at school around age 12.

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RECORDED BY: Noel Salter (under supervision of David Nevell)

DATE OF RECORDING (DD/MM/YYYY): 12/11/2007

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ORTHOGRAPHIC TRANSCRIPTION OF UNSCRIPTED SPEECH:

I was born in a little town called Nieuwpoort, in the Netherlands.  What you guys call junior high is, is kind of what we have also until you’re about 12 years old.  That’s when you have to make a decision what kind of career you want to have.  So, some people go to technical trade schools.  Some people go to higher education, which would be more the high school level.  I did that.  And I did that for five years.  And I teach organic chemistry mainly.  The definition of organic chemistry is a chemistry that deals with the element carbon.  Virtually anything you look at or touch or eat or drink is organic.  In the old days, organic was defined as as it has to be living, living material, which turned out to be not really true.  There’s dead material that has organic material in it too.  A lot of people think organic is a very different thing these days right because organic farming and organic products.  And that’s kind of funny that that has come out like that.  That’s not quite the meaning of the word organic chemistry.  I was good at it too so that kind of helped of course.  I was not so good at other subjects but chemistry always sort of worked well for me, so, I just enjoyed mixing different chemicals and seeing the color change or seeing a solid material form or seeing something dissolve.  It was fascinating to me.  And so I’ve always liked it.  I was born in Nieuwpoort and then I moved to Strien; it’s just a very tiny little town in the Netherlands just south of Rotterdam.  Then I lived in Leiden for a few years; I stayed there for two years after that and then I decided to move to Canada.  I met somebody at a conference.  I mean I knew I wanted to do something different.  Felt like I wanted to get away.  The opportunities in the Netherlands weren’t … there weren’t many of them.  So what I’m try this first part of this paragraph, OK. [Subject reads the first paragraph of “Comma Gets a Cure” in Dutch.]

TRANSCRIBED BY: Noel Salter (under supervision of David Nevell)

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