Northern Ireland 6

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BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

AGE: 35

DATE OF BIRTH (DD/MM/YYYY): 09/06/1979

PLACE OF BIRTH: Craigavon, Northern Ireland

GENDER: female

ETHNICITY: British/Caucasian

OCCUPATION: fundraising manager

EDUCATION: BA honors in business studies

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

After she graduated from university, the subject spent a year traveling abroad. In 1999 and 2000, she spent 15 months in Newark, New Jersey, in the United States.

OTHER INFLUENCES ON SPEECH:

She grew up in South Armagh region, which has quite a distinctive accent, but her mother was from County Tyrone, so she doesn’t have a typical South Armagh accent. At 18, she went to university near Belfast and has lived in Belfast since, which means she’s lived 17 years away from Armagh.

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RECORDED BY: Subject

DATE OF RECORDING (DD/MM/YYYY): 09/01/2015

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ORTHOGRAPHIC TRANSCRIPTION OF UNSCRIPTED SPEECH:

I was born in Craigavon in County Armagh in Northern Ireland. I went to school in Newtownhamilton Primary School, which is a wee school in the middle of the country. Our nearest towns were Markethill, Newry, and Armagh. My closest friends were made at grammar school, and they are called Jolene, Paula, Gail, Cheryl, and Sharon. We still see each other quite a lot; everybody is having babies. And after we grew up in the country, I went to Belfast to go to university. I studied business studies and gained my degree; I then went traveling for a year around Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Thailand. Then whenever I came back, I worked in a market-research company, and then I moved to a job within the university. Recently I have become engaged, so I’m getting married later this year, in July in Newcastle. Um, the end.

TRANSCRIBED BY: Subject

DATE OF TRANSCRIPTION: 12/01/2015

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