Newfoundland 4

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BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

AGE: 53

DATE OF BIRTH (DD/MM/YYYY): 11/05/1961

PLACE OF BIRTH: Calvert, Newfoundland

GENDER:  female

ETHNICITY:  Caucasian

OCCUPATION: retired

EDUCATION: trade school

AREAS OF RESIDENCE OUTSIDE REPRESENTATIVE REGION FOR LONGER THAN SIX MONTHS: none

OTHER INFLUENCES ON SPEECH: none

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RECORDED BY:  Joel Edmiston (under supervision of Eric Armstrong)

DATE OF RECORDING (DD/MM/YYYY): 24/05/2014

PHONETIC TRANSCRIPTION OF SCRIPTED SPEECH: N/A

TRANSCRIBED BY: N/A

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

ORTHOGRAPHIC TRANSCRIPTION OF UNSCRIPTED SPEECH:

OK, I’m going to tell a little story about a vacation I went on. It goes back like twenty-five years ago. And myself and my sister and four other friends — we took a trip to, uh, Ireland. And on our way home and, uh, from Ireland, we were in the airport, and I’m just gonna tell a story about the difference in the, uh, security back in 1988 compared to security at airports today. So myself and s — they — they did have have the x-ray machines in Dublin at that time to put your carry-on luggage through you know to see to — what was in it sort of. So myself and my sister — we had gone through the security and our carry-on bags were gone through. And we’re sitting — so we were sitting down, waiting for the other girls to come through. And we could see the machine and, uh, the x-ray machine and the bags going through. And our friend — she well had bought a crucifix in Ireland, and she had it in her carry-on bag. So when her — her bag was going through the x-ray machine, of course this thing showed up in her bag and it looked like it could be a sword. And the girl — she stopped the ma — she went through and she reversed the machine, and then she stopped and she was looking and looking. And Doris and I — we started to laugh. We said, “Oh my God, look at Paula’s crucifix!” And the guard said, “Oh that’s a crucifix, is it?” And we said, “yes.” And she let the bag go. So, there was a difference in security.

TRANSCRIBED BY: Joel Edmiston (under supervision of Eric Armstrong)

DATE OF TRANSCRIPTION (DD/MM/YYYY): 25/05/2014

PHONETIC TRANSCRIPTION OF UNSCRIPTED SPEECH:

ɒˈkeɪ aɪ̯m ˈgʌnə ˈtɛlə ˈlɪtˡlə ˈstoɚ̯ɹɨ əˈbəʊ̯ɾə vəˈkeːʃən dət ə wɛnˈt ͜ an ‖ ɪʔ gɔʊ̯z bɛk ləɪ̯k ˈtwɛ̞ntɨ fɒɪ̯v jɪɚz̥ əˈgʌʊ̯ ‖ ən mɒɪ̯sɛlf ən mɒɪ̯ ˈsɪstɚ ɹən foɚ̯ ɒðɚ fɹɛnz̥ | wi tʊ̹k ə tɹɪp tu ʌ ˈɒɪɚ̯lənd̥ ‖ ɛn an aɚ̯ weˑ hoːm ˈɛnd ə fɹʌm ˈɒɪɚ̯lənd | wi wɚ ɪn də ˈeɚ̯pɔɚ̯t ‖ ən ɒɪ dʒɪs ˈgənə tɛl ə ˈstoɚ̯ɹɨ əˈbəʊ̯t də ˈdɪfɹəns | ɪn di ʌ səˈkjɔɚ̯ɪˈtɨ bɛk ɪn ˈnaɪnˈtin ˈeˑtɨ eˑt kʌmˈpeɚ̯d tu səˈkjʊɚ̯ɹɪˈtɨ ɛt ˈeɚ̯pɔɚts təˈdeɪ̯ ‖ sɔʊ̯ mɒɪ̯ˈsɛlf ən sɪ a sɪ n | ðeˑ hət̚ | ðeɪ̯ ˈdɪ̝d hæv ði ˈɛksɹɛɪ̯ məˈʃinz ɪn ˈdɒblɪn ət ðæt tɒɪ̯m ‖ tə ˈpʊtʃ̚jɚ ˈkaɹɨ an ˈlʌgɪ̝dʒ θɹu | jə noʊ̯ tə si tu wʌʔ wəz ɪn ɪt ˈsɒɚ̯ɾəv ‖sʌʊ̯ məˈsɛlf ən mɒɪ̯ ˈsɪstɚ wi hɛd gan tɹu də səˈkjʊɚ̯ɹɪˈtɨ ənd ɒʊə̯ ˈkaɹɨ an bɛgz̥ wɚ gan θɹu ‖ ən wɪɚ̯ wɚ ˈsɪtn̩ | sʌʊ̯ ˈwi wɚ ˈsɪtn̩ daə̯n weːtn̩ fɚ di ʌðɚ gɝz̥ tə kʌm tɹu ‖ ən wi kʊd si d̚ məˈʃin ən ɪ ði ˈɛksɹeɪ məˈʃin ən də bɛgs ˈgɔʊ̯ɪn θɹu ‖ ən aʊə̯ fɹɛnd̚ | ʃi wə hɛd̚ hɛd ˈbaɾə ˈkɹusɪfɪks ɪn ˈaɪɚ̯lənd ‖ ən ʃi ˈhɛdɪt ɪn ɚ ˈkaɹɨ an baɛ̯g ‖ sɔʊ̯ wɛn hɝ m | hɚ bɛg wəz ˈgɔʊ̯ɪn tɹu di ˈɛksɹeˑ məˈʃin ʌv kɔɚs dɪs tɪŋ ʃɔʊ̯d ɒp ɪn hɚ bɛɪg ən ɪt lʊkt̚ ləɪ̯k ɪt kʊb̚ bi ə sɔɚ̯d ‖ ən də gɝl | ʃi stapt̚ də məʃu | ɪ wɛnt̚ θɹu | ən ʃi ɹəˈvɝsdə məˈʃin ən ən ʃi stapt̚ ən ʃi wəz̥ ˈlʊ̞kɪn ən ˈlʊ̞kɪn ‖ ən ˈdɔɚ̯ɹɪs ən ɒɪ wi ˈstaɚ̯ɾəɾə lɛf ən wi səd ɔʊ̯ ma gad lʊk ət ˈpaləz ˈkɹusɪfɪks ‖ ən də gaɚd sɛd ɔʊ̯ ˈdɛtsə ˈkɹusɪfɪks ɪz ɪt ‖ ən wi ʃed dʒɛs ən ʃi lɛt də bɛg gɔʊ̯ ‖ sɔʊ̯ | dɝ wʌz̥ə ˈdɪfɹəns ɪn səˈkjɔɚ̯ɹɪti ‖

TRANSCRIBED BY: Joel Edmiston (under supervision of Eric Armstrong)

DATE OF TRANSCRIPTION (DD/MM/YYYY): 12/06/2014

SCHOLARLY COMMENTARY:

The informant’s speech is typical of some types of Newfoundland speech. Salient features include:

  • face words are frequently a pure [e] vowel
  • goat words are more open, and not the pure [o] vowel that one often encounters in accents with pure [e]
  • north/force is more close, beginning with [o]
  • trap is often more close, [ɛ]
  • price gets “Canadian Raising” to [əɪ̯] before a voiceless consonant, but rounds to [ɒɪ̯] in all other contexts
  • dress is somewhat more open, [ɛ̞]
  • strut is rounded to [ɒ]
  • foot is more rounded [ʊ̹]
  • square is more close [eɚ̯]
  • final /ɫ/ is light, [l]
  • cure is sometimes [ɔɚ̯] and sometimes [ʊɚ̯]
  • square words of the “a+r” type (e.g. “carry”) are [a.ɹ]
  • lot words are [a]
  • /θ/ is often reduced to [t] (but not always)

Also, MOUTH smooths to [aə̯].

COMMENTARY BY: Eric Armstrong

DATE OF COMMENTARY (DD/MM/YYYY): 16/06/2014

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