Northern Ireland 7

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BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

AGE: 59

DATE OF BIRTH (DD/MM/YYYY): 15/12/1955

PLACE OF BIRTH: Belfast, Northern Ireland

GENDER: female

ETHNICITY: Irish/Caucasian

OCCUPATION: unemployed

EDUCATION: high school

AREAS OF RESIDENCE OUTSIDE REPRESENTATIVE REGION FOR LONGER THAN SIX MONTHS:

After growing up in Belfast, the speaker has lived in Canada, Saudi Arabia, and the United States (Ohio, Washington, Oregon, and California).

OTHER INFLUENCES ON SPEECH: N/A

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RECORDED BY: Miguel Castellano (under supervision of David Nevell)

DATE OF RECORDING (DD/MM/YYYY): 09/04/2015

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ORTHOGRAPHIC TRANSCRIPTION OF UNSCRIPTED SPEECH:

That was a dumb story. Um, what I’m passionate about, you want to know what I’m passionate about. I’m passionate about Kayla. I’m passionate about my garden. I’m passionate about my flowers. I’m passionate about my e-cigarette. I’m passionate about winning money the other day, mmmhh. Um, I was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Up-street – upstairs in the attic. Yup! [Interviewer laughs.] Just like Harry Potter. Upstairs in the attic — doctor couldn’t even stand up. Yes! I was born at home. My mother took a look and says, “Put it back, put it back.” In Northern Ireland, my family life was not like it is today. The night we were able to go out, and if we did something wrong, a cop would have caught us and kicked our butts and that was it. You know they didn’t shoot us, you know. Um, let’s see, and we were out, we had to come in by dark; we had to go in, and our dinner was called our “tea,” and we went away once a m — once a year we went to a cottage with a thatched roof, and we picked our own vegetables out of the garden and chased chickens around, and it was fun; it was a fun childhood. It was more freedom, you know. But there was a lot of, um, there was no, none of this, like, children nowadays or like parents are too attentive to them. You know they feel like they’ve got to entertain them and put them into this and put them into that, and it’s a lot of bull. You’d bring your kids up, you know? Walk softly, but carry a big stick. Do you know what I mean? They’re like, kids are like dogs, they’re like little animals, you gotta train them. Well, it’s true! You know, you’ve got to train them with, but you gotta tr-, like a dog. You’ve got to train them with love and make them respect everything they’ve got, you know. Yeah, Kayla had, Kayla had no choice. [Interviewer laughs.] She wasn’t so well behaved when I got her, though. I had to train her. I had to train her. She tried to set the house on fire.

TRANSCRIBED BY: Miguel Castellano (under supervision of David Nevell)

DATE OF TRANSCRIPTION (DD/MM/YYYY): 15/12/2015

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