North Carolina 20

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BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

AGE: 28

DATE OF BIRTH (DD/MM/YYYY): 22/01/1985

PLACE OF BIRTH: Charlotte, North Carolina

GENDER: male

ETHNICITY: Caucasian

OCCUPATION: stay-at-home parent and former high school English teacher

EDUCATION: Subject completed his undergraduate degree and was enrolled in graduate school at the time of this recording.

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

The speaker’s formative years (age 10 to 20) were spent along the North Carolina Atlantic coast, in the small town of Holden Beach, near the border of South Carolina. He has lived in other places but never outside North Carolina.

OTHER INFLUENCES ON SPEECH:

The speaker’s father’s accent is similar to that of the speaker, though the speaker’s father has a stronger Southern “drawl.” The speaker’s mother’s accent is less noticeable, but her parents’ dialects are thickly South Carolinian.

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RECORDED BY: Subject (Joshua James)

DATE OF RECORDING (DD/MM/YYYY): 15/05/2013

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 Charlotte, North Carolina, and lived there until I was 10 years old, and then in 1995 my family moved to Brunswick County, North Carolina, to, uh, the small island town of Holden Beach. Uh, I lived in Brunswick County until I was 20 years old, uh, and so then in 2005 I went to Appalachian State up in Boone, North Carolina, in Watauga County, um, where I attended school, um, for my undergraduate degree in English. And, um, after that, I lived all over the state. I got married my senior year of college and, um, lived in Laurinburg, lived in Charlotte again, lived in Fayetteville, where I currently live. Um, so I’ve moved around North Carolina a lot but always lived in North Carolina. Um, my, uh, father’s from North Carolina, as well. He, uh, was born in Winston-Salem, and his family’s been in the state since the early 1800s up in, uh, the Stokes County area near Rural Hall and King. Uh, my mother is from South Carolina, um, and, uh, that side of the family mostly lived near Georgia in Aiken County. I was a high school English teacher for three years most recently, and currently I’m a graduate student at East Carolina University.

TRANSCRIBED BY: Subject (Joshua James)

DATE OF TRANSCRIPTION: 15/05/2013

PHONETIC TRANSCRIPTION OF UNSCRIPTED SPEECH: N/A

TRANSCRIBED BY: N/A

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

SCHOLARLY COMMENTARY: N/A

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

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