New Zealand 17

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BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

AGE: 56

DATE OF BIRTH (DD/MM/YYYY): 1956

PLACE OF BIRTH: Lower Hutt, New Zealand

GENDER: female

ETHNICITY: Caucasian (Scots-Irish)

OCCUPATION: administrative assistant

EDUCATION: high school

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

The subject has lived in Scotland and was living in the United States when this recording was made.

OTHER INFLUENCES ON SPEECH:

Her mother is Scottish.

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RECORDED BY: Alexandria Harris (under supervision of David Nevell)

DATE OF RECORDING (DD/MM/YYYY): 07/11/2008

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 was born in Lower Hutt, New Zealand, in 1956; um, my father was a war veteran, um, my mother came from Scotland, um, the family history was entirely Scots-Irish, um, we grew up middle class, um, I’ve traveled the world, probably lived in six countries, um, I’ve got no idea what else to say, he he he.

TRANSCRIBED BY: Alexandria Harris (under supervision of David Nevell)

DATE OF TRANSCRIPTION (DD/MM/YYYY): 07/11/2008

PHONETIC TRANSCRIPTION OF UNSCRIPTED SPEECH: N/A

TRANSCRIBED BY: N/A

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

SCHOLARLY COMMENTARY:

She speaks naturally at a slow pace and enunciates clearly, so the sounds are easy to hear. It is prosodic and phonetic.

COMMENTARY BY: Alexandria Harris (under supervision of David Nevell)

DATE OF COMMENTARY (DD/MM/YYYY): 07/11/2008

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