Puerto Rico 11

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BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

AGE: 31

DATE OF BIRTH (DD/MM/YYYY): 12/04/1986

PLACE OF BIRTH: Aibonito, Puerto Rico

GENDER: male

ETHNICITY: Puerto Rican

OCCUPATION: graduate student

EDUCATION: master’s degree in marketing

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

The speaker was born in Aibonito but never lived there. He was raised in Bairanquitas. He also lived in Blue Lake, California, in the United States, for eight months; Buenos Aires, Argentina, for one year; Paris, France, for six months; and mid-Michigan, in the United States, for one year.

OTHER INFLUENCES ON SPEECH:

The speaker’s first language is Spanish. He started studying at 12 years old. He also took some basic French lessons when he was 23.

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RECORDED BY: Matt Greenbaum (under supervision of Deric McNish)

DATE OF RECORDING (DD/MM/YYYY): 23/04/2017

PHONETIC TRANSCRIPTION OF SCRIPTED SPEECH: N/A

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

ORTHOGRAPHIC TRANSCRIPTION OF UNSCRIPTED SPEECH:

Ahhh, let me think. I can tell you something about childhood. Em, maybe I should — well, my childhood: I was, ah, in, like rise in the mountains, like a Tarzan boy. And, you know Tarzan: the character that jump into trees; and, and I have kinda that kind of childhood, but also I was really into, into sport, ‘specially basketball. Father was really, ah, put me to play basketball for early job. So I was going to games, training — a lot of training — to go to play basketball in different places. Ah, that was part of my childhood like, huh. But I remember like playing around being a Tarzan. I remember — sometimes you remember the worst parts, like the worst stuff come to your head first [laughter] because make a big memory in your min(d) like, good stuff — they are good. But sometime was, like, awful situation, like I remember being in the school being in my home! Like, throwing rocks, to the air. And I usually have a topic of the — I feel like I can take anything when I was a child. I was thinking I can do anything.

[Subject speaks in Spanish]: La vida en Puerto Rico es bien sabrosa. El tropico siempre es bueno.

[English translation: The life in Puerto Rico is very tasty/wonderful/beautiful/vibrant. The heat/weather/climate is always great.]

TRANSCRIBED BY: Matt Greenbaum (under supervision of Deric McNish)

DATE OF TRANSCRIPTION (DD/MM/YYYY): 27/04/2017

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SCHOLARLY COMMENTARY:

This subject speaks English as a second language. Word mispronunciations may be a result of English-language skills, rather than dialect. The subject provided the transcription and translation of the Spanish part of his interview.

COMMENTARY BY: Deric McNish

DATE OF COMMENTARY (DD/MM/YYYY): 27/04/2017

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