New York 22

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BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

AGE: 24

DATE OF BIRTH (DD/MM/YYYY): 28/11/1988

PLACE OF BIRTH: Staten Island, New York (but moved almost immediately)

GENDER: female

ETHNICITY: Italian/Indo-Trinidadian

OCCUPATION: photographer

EDUCATION: AAS

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

The speaker was born in Staten Island and has lived in Tokyo; Rome, New York; San Antonio, Texas; and Brooklyn, New York; and had just come to Buffalo, New York, when this recording was made.

OTHER INFLUENCES ON SPEECH:

The subject’s speech may have been affected by having a Trinidadian parent, a childhood spent in Japan coupled with being taught by primarily Australian teachers and by consistent travels abroad. However, she has spent most of her adult life in New York State (upstate Rome and Brooklyn), so we have classified her as a New York sample.

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RECORDED BY: Subject

DATE OF RECORDING (DD/MM/YYYY): 17/08/2013

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 always say that I’m from everywhere and work everywhere else. I was born in Staten Island; my parents met on the Staten Island ferry, so that makes sense. Shortly after, we moved to Tokyo, Japan, where I lived for eight years. Then we moved to Rome, New York: big change. Um, lived there for the next eight years, and then my dad and I moved to Texas, where I spent a couple years there. Then I moved to Brooklyn, and I spent pretty much all of my adult life there until now, where I live in Buffalo. I’ve been here for about a year. Ready to go back, though. I’d say Brooklyn’s my home. Feels natural there.

TRANSCRIBED BY: Subject

DATE OF TRANSCRIPTION: 17/08/2013

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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