New Zealand 8

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BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

AGE: 36

DATE OF BIRTH (DD/MM/YYYY): 1970

PLACE OF BIRTH: Darfield, New Zealand

GENDER: male

ETHNICITY: Caucasian

OCCUPATION: salesman

EDUCATION: M.B.A.

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

The subject has lived in Christchurch, London, Sydney, Toronto and Queenstown.

OTHER INFLUENCES ON SPEECH: N/A

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RECORDED BY: David Nevell

DATE OF RECORDING (DD/MM/YYYY): 2007

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ORTHOGRAPHIC TRANSCRIPTION OF UNSCRIPTED SPEECH:

Christchurch is an English settlement, uh, settled in about 1850s.  It’s based on the, uh, grid system.  So, all the, uh, the streets are in rectangular format, apart from the ones near the Avon river.  It’s, um, got some good solid British history.  Tudor Gothic-style architecture, and, um, an interesting feature here of Christchurch is the Lyttelton Tunnel, which was built in, uh, 1957.  They started tunneling at both ends, and they met in the middle, and they were 10 cm apart.  Fascinating (laughs).  Um, hang on, got a little joke for you.  There’s, uh, an Aussie and a Kiwi walking along, and uh, they came across a sheep with its head stuck in the fence.  And the, uh, the um, Kiwi drops his pants and he shags the sheep.  And, uh, he looks at the Aussie and he says, “OK, mate, it’s your turn.”  So, the Aussie sticks his head in the fence.

TRANSCRIBED BY: David Nevell

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