New York 5

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BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

AGE: 53

DATE OF BIRTH (DD/MM/YYYY): 1947

PLACE OF BIRTH: New York City (Queens)

GENDER: male

ETHNICITY: Jewish

OCCUPATION: attorney

EDUCATION: N/A

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

OTHER INFLUENCES ON SPEECH: N/A

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RECORDED BY: Paul Meier

DATE OF RECORDING (DD/MM/YYYY): 13/10/2000

PHONETIC TRANSCRIPTION OF SCRIPTED SPEECH: N/A

TRANSCRIBED BY: N/A

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

ORTHOGRAPHIC TRANSCRIPTION OF UNSCRIPTED SPEECH:

… Queens, went to college at New York University in, eh, Manhattan, went to law school at Brooklyn Law School in Brooklyn, graduated law school, got married, went to work for the Legal Aid Society, which, eh, represents indigent people, in criminal cases.  After that I opened my own practice.  I got married.  I’m still married for 30 years.  I have two daughters: one Jerry, a student at the University of Kansas, and one Hillary, who lives and works in Buffalo, New York.  I’m still practicing law.  I like to play golf.  I like the New York Yankees.  Basketball: the Jayhawks, of course.  And any other …

TRANSCRIBED BY: Jacqueline Baker

DATE OF TRANSCRIPTION (DD/MM/YYYY): 04/10/2007

PHONETIC TRANSCRIPTION OF UNSCRIPTED SPEECH: N/A

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SCHOLARLY COMMENTARY:

Among the predictable New York dialect features, listen for the lack of “r” in unstressed syllables, as in “rare,” “owner,” “lower,” etc; the dropped “h” in “huge”; the plosive nature of “th” in “north”; the dentalized “t” of “sentimental” and “to tire”; and the slightly labialized “r” in all pre-vocalic situations.

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COMMENTARY BY: Paul Meier

DATE OF COMMENTARY (DD/MM/YYYY): 13/10/2000 (amended 12/11/2016)

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