Ohio 5

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BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

AGE: 14

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

PLACE OF BIRTH: Steubenville, Ohio

GENDER: male

ETHNICITY: N/A

OCCUPATION: high school student

EDUCATION: Subject was attending high school at the time of this interview.

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

Subject was living in Wintersville, Ohio, at the time of this interview.

OTHER INFLUENCES ON SPEECH:

Subject lives near the Ohio border with West Virginia and Pennsylvania, and his speech demonstrates the influence of the southwestern Pennsylvania dialect.

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RECORDED BY: Corey LaRue

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

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’m 14 years old, and I live in Wintersville, Ohio.  ’S right outside of Steubenville, Ohio, which is about 45 minutes from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Um) I’m in drama club, an’ I’m in band, and … ’ell, let’s see, there’s not a lo– whole lot to do around here.  I s’pose I could tell you ’bout what there is to do in Pittsburgh.  We have (uh) Robinson Town Center, which is a very large shopping complex, just (uh) about five minutes from the Pittsburgh International Airport.  (Uh) I like to go plays up in Pittsburgh, an’ few concerts every once in a while.  I really don’t get outta the area, much more than two or three times a year, an’ I go down to Knoxville, Tennessee, (um) on my vacation.  (Um) I enjoy listening to music.  I like a lotta different kinds o’ music actually.  I’m not one of those people who’ll only listen to, y’know, rap, or pop, or rock.  I listen to a healthy mix.  I like the– like to listen to the radio.  (Uh) I like to watch some television.  I’m not a major, big-time television watcher.  I don’t spend every waking hour watching television, if you know what I mean.  But I do like to watch FoxNews channel, and (uh) CNN, the O’Reilly, Hannett, Ian Combs.  I like the — I like to be informed, which a lotta people don’t, in my school, so it’s much easier to get ahead o’ the game in a few subjects that way.  I like to play video games.  I have a GameCube and an N64.  I’m kind of a Nintendo fan, but I don’t really know all that much about other systems.  I li- (uh) I like to watch, an’ enjoy watching movies.  I love all the James Bond films.  I think Sean Connery, y’know, he’s the best. But, I like a lot of other movies too.  “Air Force One,” that was a good one; all the “Star Wars” ones; (uh) “Remember the Titans,” “Men in Black,” (uh) “Independence Day,” y’know, an’ “Harry Potter,” “Castaway.”  I’m not a real big sports person.  I’d rather play in band.  I play the trombone.  I’m pretty decent at it.  I write songs.  I’m not really incredibly wonderful at ’em, but, y’know, I like to write songs every once in a while.  I find it is a nice escape.  I like to go online.  I enjoy computers, think that’s the way the world’s heading.  I like reading books.  Lord forbid, a teenager read a book any more, but I enjoy it, thoroughly.  You can actually stop whenever you feel like it, an’ take stuff with you.  (Um) I was born in Steubenville; then I moved out to Wintersville, in my kindergarten year, but I still kept going to Steubenville city schools.  I’ve got two parents, that still live together and are happy, which is a good thing.  Both my grandparents live in (uh) the area, within 15 minutes of my house, so, they’re like second parents to me.  My aunt lives down in — my aunt [here pronounces “ant”] lives down in Tennessee.  (Um) That’s who I go visit.  My mom graduated from OU, so they’re trying to drag her into the band, to be a part-time director.  My dad graduated from OSU, and he’s a pharmacist.

TRANSCRIBED BY: Jacqueline Baker

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

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SCHOLARLY COMMENTARY: N/A

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

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