Nova Scotia 3

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BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

AGE: 12

DATE OF BIRTH (DD/MM/YYYY): 1987

PLACE OF BIRTH: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

GENDER: male

ETHNICITY: Caucasian

OCCUPATION: student

EDUCATION: Subject had completed grade 7 at the time of this recording.

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

OTHER INFLUENCES ON SPEECH:

Subject is fairly well traveled, having visited other Canadian provinces and also Florida, in the United States.

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RECORDED BY: Susan Stackhouse

DATE OF RECORDING (DD/MM/YYYY): 14/11/1999

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 like to play basketball, and some … and I sometimes like to play badminton. But I go to Oxford school and I went there since primary. It is a very nice school, and I probably wouldn’t go anywhere else because I have all my friends that go there. Um, I traveled to Ontario and to Florida, and I went to Quebec and New Brunswick and a lot of different places. Best party was probably a recently one, when we … I went to my friend’s house and we had three systems: a, um, a Sony Playstation, a Sega Dreamcast and a Nintendo64 all set up. And we had about five different games for each system. There were about 18 people.

TRANSCRIBED BY: Mitchell Kelly

DATE OF TRANSCRIPTION (DD/MM/YYYY): 15/01/2008

PHONETIC TRANSCRIPTION OF UNSCRIPTED SPEECH: N/A

TRANSCRIBED BY: N/A

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

SCHOLARLY COMMENTARY:

Subject is the son of Nova Scotia 1 and the nephew of Nova Scotia 2. Of interest is the lack of breath support, the use of rising intonation, and the pronunciation of “miracle” as “mericle.” Also note the mid-central starting point used for the typically Canadian pronunciation of the word “about.”

COMMENTARY BY: Susan Stackhouse

DATE OF COMMENTARY (DD/MM/YYYY): 14/11/1999

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