Ohio 4

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BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

AGE: 24

DATE OF BIRTH (DD/MM/YYYY): 1977

PLACE OF BIRTH: Bristolville, Ohio

GENDER: female

ETHNICITY: Caucasian

OCCUPATION: N/A

EDUCATION: some college

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

Subject has spent most of his life in the Warren and Youngstown areas of Ohio.

OTHER INFLUENCES ON SPEECH: N/A

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RECORDED BY: Chuck Richie

DATE OF RECORDING (DD/MM/YYYY): 02/05/2001

PHONETIC TRANSCRIPTION OF SCRIPTED SPEECH: N/A

TRANSCRIBED BY: N/A

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

ORTHOGRAPHIC TRANSCRIPTION OF UNSCRIPTED SPEECH:

Um, I was born in Warren, Ohio.  Well, Bristolville; it’s about 15 minutes from Warren. Um, it’s about, yeah, about 30 minutes, from Youngstown.  Yeah, I went to Bristol High School, um, just like I said, about 15 minutes from Warren.  And then, when I started college, I went to the Kent State Trumbull branch, which is in Warren.  Um, I was always interested in theatre when — just from the time I was about in second grade, doin’ school plays, all the way up through in elementary an’ high school, and, um, when I was about a sophomore or junior in high school, I decided that that’s what I want to do in college, is, be theatre major, pursue that.  Yeah, for now we’re gonna stay, in the Ravenna area, an’ then kinda decide where to settle at, an’ jus’ start lookin’ for work aroun’ the Cleveland area, an’ Akron area.  Wher- where we live was — it was kinda nice, because it was — we had a nice big yard, an’ it was a quiet street ’n a pretty small town.  An’ then, it was still within distance.  About 25 minutes away, you could get to the mall, an’ the restaurants, an’ …

TRANSCRIBED BY: Jacqueline Baker

DATE OF TRANSCRIPTION (DD/MM/YYYY): 02/07/2008

PHONETIC TRANSCRIPTION OF UNSCRIPTED SPEECH: N/A

TRANSCRIBED BY: N/A

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

SCHOLARLY COMMENTARY:

Her speech reflects the chameleon nature of Ohio dialects, which often seem to borrow characteristics from neighboring or bordering regions (see Ohio 3). In this case, southwestern Pennsylvania, particularly the area around greater Pittsburgh, has clearly influenced her way of speaking. For example, pay attention to her pronunciation of “on.” Her speech is also not quite as nasal as other northern Ohioans, such as Ohio 1 or Ohio 2, but reflects that overall resonance tendency.

COMMENTARY BY: Chuck Richie

DATE OF COMMENTARY (DD/MM/YYYY): 02/05/2001

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