Scotland 15

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BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

AGE: 52

DATE OF BIRTH (DD/MM/YYYY): 1955

PLACE OF BIRTH: Lanarckshire, Scotland (near Glasgow)

GENDER: female

ETHNICITY: Caucasian

OCCUPATION: singing teacher

EDUCATION: trained at drama school

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

Subject is from Hamilton and Lanarckshire, just outside Glasgow. She moved to Glasgow in her teens.

OTHER INFLUENCES ON SPEECH: N/A

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RECORDED BY: Marina Tyndall

DATE OF RECORDING (DD/MM/YYYY): 16/01/2008

PHONETIC TRANSCRIPTION OF SCRIPTED SPEECH: N/A

TRANSCRIBED BY: N/A

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

ORTHOGRAPHIC TRANSCRIPTION OF UNSCRIPTED SPEECH:

[laughs] OK, uh, my name’s Rachel Bennett, and I’m from Hamilton, which is just outside Glasgow, but I spent the latter, er, years of my, er, adolescence in Glasgow itself ‘cause I spent a lot of time living there and working there. Um, so, er … more … the west end of Glasgow ‘cause I was fortunate enough to have quite a lot of artist friends. [laughs] So a bit “snobby-doo.” [laughs] Er, but I’ve- I was actually born in an, in a barracks, in, erm, because my dad was in the army when I was born, hmm? And, um, I remember marching round the square going “fuck” and “bloody,” “c-u-n-t” and all sorts, copying all the soldiers that were swearing. [laughs] So I picked up the swearing quite early. Erm, and then just moved round quite a lot. As a kid, er, but we spent the longest time in schools and living just in and around Glasgow. We moved a lot; we moved about once a year, so my accent’s a bit odd. Trained at drama school, so it’s gone. [laughs]

TRANSCRIBED BY: Marina Tyndall

DATE OF TRANSCRIPTION (DD/MM/YYYY): 16/01/2008

PHONETIC TRANSCRIPTION OF UNSCRIPTED SPEECH: N/A

TRANSCRIBED BY: N/A

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

SCHOLARLY COMMENTARY:

Note the following features: monophthongisation and raised first element of FACE vowel; raising of LOT; glottal replacement of final and some medial /t/’s; dentalisation of /d/ on “different’; fronted and unrounded GOOSE vowel; and a weakening of TRAP-BATH contrast. Also notice that most /r/’s are tapped, but approximant /r/ is sometimes used in word-initial position. Lastly, “my” and “I” are realized with a TRAP vowel in rapid speech.

COMMENTARY BY: Marina Tyndall

DATE OF COMMENTARY (DD/MM/YYYY): 16/01/2008

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