New Zealand 5

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BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

AGE: 40

DATE OF BIRTH (DD/MM/YYYY): 1962

PLACE OF BIRTH: Russell, New Zealand

GENDER: male

ETHNICITY: Maori

OCCUPATION: hotel owner

EDUCATION: N/A

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

The subject has spent most of his life in the Bay of Islands region of New Zealand.

OTHER INFLUENCES ON SPEECH: N/A

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RECORDED BY: Micha Espinosa

DATE OF RECORDING (DD/MM/YYYY): 2002

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 was born in Russell. (Um) I’m of Ngapuhi descent, that’s my (uh) tribal side. Ngati Manu is my (um) iwi. (Um) My mother’s from up north here. My father was from down Whanganui, which is Tuwharetoa (um), with …  but I was born up in Russell, basically brought up and went to school in the Bay of Islands here.  (Um)  [Interviewer: What’s the fishing like here?] Yea, the fishin’s excellent. We have Terry, Terry Tinboat.  He’s an excellent fisherman, an’ he catches all the snapper ’round here.  Although we go out, and tip the nets, and we catch snapper too.  We do fishing and diving, (um) get mussels.  You name it.  You know, there’s a lot of things to do around the bay.  There’s a lot of fishin’, a lot of divin’.  (Um)  [Interviewer: What are some of the unusual phrases that you might, a New Zealander might say?] Like we’d say chicken, you  say?  (laughs)  Chicken — chook?  You know, we call chooks, chickens “chooks.” (Um)  Ha-ha.  You hear unusual things, I suppose.  I’m not sure what else.  (laughs)  [Interviewer: What do you call these?]  Glasses?  [Interviewer:  No, “sunnies,” right?]  Sunnies.  Sunnies? Yea, I suppose.  Shades, yea.  Sunnies, yea.  I can’t think of anything else.  [Interviewer: OK, thanks.]

TRANSCRIBED BY: Jacqueline Baker

DATE OF TRANSCRIPTION (DD/MM/YYYY): 27/10/2007

PHONETIC TRANSCRIPTION OF UNSCRIPTED SPEECH: N/A

TRANSCRIBED BY: N/A

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

SCHOLARLY COMMENTARY:

Note the close quality of the vowels in “bed,” “twenty,” “cat,” “matter,” etc. Also note the quality of the final “l” in “little” and “feel,” which resembles the neutral vowel or schwa. He speaks of some of the New Zealand idioms.

COMMENTARY BY: Micha Espinosa

DATE OF COMMENTARY (DD/MM/YYYY): 2002

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