New York 1

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BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

AGE: 39

DATE OF BIRTH (DD/MM/YYYY): 1960

PLACE OF BIRTH: Mt. Vernon, New York

GENDER: female

ETHNICITY: Caucasian

OCCUPATION: administrative assistant

EDUCATION: N/A

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

Subject grew up in Mt. Vernon, New York, lived briefly in New York City, and was living in Mamaroneck at the time of the recording.

OTHER INFLUENCES ON SPEECH:

Subject learned Dutch to speak to relatives, who are from the Netherlands. (While the audio quality of this recording is poor, it is a good example of many key New York sounds.)

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RECORDED BY: Katherine Burke

DATE OF RECORDING (DD/MM/YYYY): 10/1999

PHONETIC TRANSCRIPTION OF SCRIPTED SPEECH: N/A

TRANSCRIBED BY: N/A

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

ORTHOGRAPHIC TRANSCRIPTION OF UNSCRIPTED SPEECH:

Um, I take Dutch lessons because my father was born in Holland, and he, uh … When he met my mother, uh, in America, he came and lived here.  And so I still have, uh, quite a number of cousins and aunts and uncles in Holland.  And it’s very difficult when I go to visit them, because I can’t speak their language.  So, eh, in wanting to communicate with them, I decided to take Dutch lessons, and fortunately I was able to find someone in this area, who was, um … offered them.  And, um, I started about a year ago.  I take private lessons, uh, once a week.  Just about, you know, on and off.  In the summer I usually take vacation time.  And, uh, I really have, uh, come quite a long way.  [Laughs]  I still don’t speak anywhere near fluent, but it’s really fun because, um, I’m reading much better, I’m understanding much better, and I can call, on the telephone, and talk to my aunt in Dutch, and it’s really, uh, great fun.  And I think, especially because my dad died when I was 22, that, uh, this is a way for me to stay in connection with him.  And so it’s really nice for me to be able to do.  And, uh, I have a lot of fun doing it. …

TRANSCRIBED BY: Jacqueline Baker

DATE OF TRANSCRIPTION (DD/MM/YYYY): 02/10/2007

PHONETIC TRANSCRIPTION OF UNSCRIPTED SPEECH: N/A

TRANSCRIBED BY: N/A

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

SCHOLARLY COMMENTARY: N/A

COMMENTARY BY: N/A

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

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