Puerto Rico 6

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BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

AGE: 62

DATE OF BIRTH (DD/MM/YYYY): 23/06/1949

PLACE OF BIRTH: Juana Diaz, Puerto Rico

GENDER: male

ETHNICITY: Puerto Rican (exact ethnicity unknown)

OCCUPATION: cleaner

EDUCATION: Subject completed high school up until the 11th grade.

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

Subject was raised until age 9 in Ponce, Puerto Rico, and then moved to South Bronx, New York City, in the United States, and has lived there ever since.

OTHER INFLUENCES ON SPEECH:

Subject grew up in the South Bronx from the early 1960s, so his accent is representative of New York Puerto Rican instead of true Puerto Rican.

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RECORDED BY: David Nevell

DATE OF RECORDING (DD/MM/YYYY): 31/07/2011

PHONETIC TRANSCRIPTION OF SCRIPTED SPEECH: N/A

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ORTHOGRAPHIC TRANSCRIPTION OF UNSCRIPTED SPEECH:

This country, I love this country too because this country here is part of me too; you know this is why I’ve grown up, I learned a lot you, know what I mean? I brought up my family, my children, uh, uh, uh my life my work and stuff like that, and actually I’m happy with both; you know what I mean? I love Puerto Rico, but I love the United States. Uh, I lived in the Bronx, very rough place, the South Bronx; uh, um, most of my younger years were very rough in the sixties and seventies, were very rough very, very rough, you know, and, but I, uh, thank God I was able, you know, to work it out.

TRANSCRIBED BY: Matthew Evanoff (under supervision of David Nevell)

DATE OF TRANSCRIPTION (DD/MM/YYYY): 31/07/2011

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