Scotland 24

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BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

AGE: 30

DATE OF BIRTH (DD/MM/YYYY): 07/02/1986

PLACE OF BIRTH: Edinburgh

GENDER: male

ETHNICITY: Caucasian/Scottish

OCCUPATION: hairdresser

EDUCATION: GCSE Highers

AREAS OF RESIDENCE OUTSIDE REPRESENTATIVE REGION FOR LONGER THAN SIX MONTHS: none

OTHER INFLUENCES ON SPEECH:

He learned lots of American dialects while performing in musical theatre over a period of eight years in his youth.

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RECORDED BY: Flloyd Kennedy

DATE OF RECORDING (DD/MM/YYYY): 18/01/2017

PHONETIC TRANSCRIPTION OF SCRIPTED SPEECH: N/A

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

ORTHOGRAPHIC TRANSCRIPTION OF UNSCRIPTED SPEECH:

Currently I live in Edinburgh with my partner, who is Portuguese, and we travel to Portugal quite a lot; we go been four times this year. Previous to that — the year before — I went traveling to Thailand. Um, I was there for twelve weeks, in total, and then I flew back to Edinburgh, and then I went back out for a further eight weeks, which was a great experience, um, especially being Scottish, traveling somewhere so different.

So in 2015 I went traveling to Thailand with, ah, my ex-partner and our joint friend and, em, everything was great at first, and then we met a couple a girls and we traveled to another part of, em, Thailand, where we were supposed to be working on a farm, doing voluntary work and such. And, em, so what happened was — to cut a long story short — we ended up going to, em, Krabi Beach and then traveling to Raini Beach from that. Em, we met a girl who was out partying, as you do in Thailand on the beach, and having fun and such. She was a lovely, lovely girl, blonde. She was Canadian, and she had met a Thai man, em, obviously going back to his apartment and stuff like that. We were outside on the beach, and we seen a group of girls: four girls outside the hostel-stroke-apartment that she was staying in. And as she’s left, what we-you, what’s a come to be found out that — the Thai man that she went back to tha’apartment with, he had a girlfriend — she was Thai — and she waited outside her apartment with four of her friends and attacked the girl so viciously and so badly that the girl was left disfigured. She pretty much – they all attacked her with their high heels – and, they were all in stiletto heels. So her face came off; it was pretty bad.

Em, from that we moved to another island, where we met two people that were murdered. After we left they’d got murdered; they were living in Thailand. Em, another sdn – extreme thing that happened in Thailand: We were in a bar one night, and it was really good, like, it was really exciting; we were having a really good time; there was lots of people, hundreds of people in this bar. And I went to the bar, and there was a man ordering three drinks. And he says to the barman, “Hi, can I have three Vodka and Cokes?” So the barman’s poured him four Vodka and Cokes, and he’s said to him, “I didn’t order four Vodka and Cokes; I ordered three Vodka and Cokes.” And he’s said, “Well, no, you ordered four Vodka and Cokes.” He says, “No, I ordered three Vodka and Cokes.” He says, “I’m not paying for the four.” So as he’s done that, the Thai barman’s walked ’round the bar with a bottle of wine in his hand. And within seconds, it came out of nowhere — just smashed the customer across the head with the bottle of wine. There’s blood everywhere; the barman came, and as I was in my seat I wanted to stop the altercation. But we were with kick-boxers who were there at the time, and they – excuse me – they stopped me …

TRANSCRIBED BY: Flloyd Kennedy

DATE OF TRANSCRIPTION (DD/MM/YYYY): 05/03/2017

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SCHOLARLY COMMENTARY:

Subject has a clearly spoken Edinburgh working-class dialect. It’s rhotic, with the tongue heading in the direction of a tap but rarely making contact. The tendency to lean into final syllables creates a distinctive Edinburgh rhythmic and melodic effect, and this combined with the attention to the letter “r” has the effect of taking NEAR, SQUARE, and CURE words into two syllables.

COMMENTARY BY: Flloyd Kennedy

DATE OF COMMENTARY (DD/MM/YYYY): 05/03/2017

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