South Africa 20

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BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

AGE: 21

DATE OF BIRTH (DD/MM/YYYY): 1984

PLACE OF BIRTH: Nigel, in the East Rand region of Gauteng in South Africa

GENDER: female

ETHNICITY: Caucasian (Afrikaans) South African

OCCUPATION: student

EDUCATION: Subject was in her third year of studying drama at the time of this recording.

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

Subject was living in Pretoria at the time of this interview.

OTHER INFLUENCES ON SPEECH:

Living in Nigel would have placed her quite close to a major cosmopolitan area and thus would have exposed her to spoken English from an early age.

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RECORDED BY: Marth Munro

DATE OF RECORDING (DD/MM/YYYY): 10/2005

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 a third-year drama student at the Tshwane University of Technology, which used to be the, be the old Pretoria Technicon. I’m a 21-year-old Pisces, and I went, I went to a bilingual high school, so I had class in Afrikaans and English.  Both of my parents are Afrikaans, and so I grew up in an Afrikaans family, which obviously then I spoke Afrikaans the whole time.  I was born in a small little town on the East Rand of South Africa called Nigel. It has always been a little farm town where most of the people only speak Afrikaans. And that’s about it for  me, because I don’t, because I grew up in an Afrikaans family and only when I got to the Technicon, the tertiary institution where I study now, I really started speaking English, more often.

TRANSCRIBED BY: Karina Lemmer

DATE OF TRANSCRIPTION (DD/MM/YYYY): 12/04/2008

PHONETIC TRANSCRIPTION OF UNSCRIPTED SPEECH: N/A

TRANSCRIBED BY: N/A

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

SCHOLARLY COMMENTARY:

Exposure to English is evident in her accent, as the typical /R/ sound is not distinct. She is, therefore, a good example of a new generation Afrikaans speaker who has achieved relative neutral fluency in English. Despite this, certain patterns of the Afrikaans accent remains. The /o/ sound is one such example. Also note the articulation of the vowel /ɑɪː/ as in “time” that sounds like / ɑː/. Not only is this a feature of the Afrikaans accent, it is also a typical quality adjustment of the East-Rand area, where mother-tongue speakers sometimes also uses the sound in this way.

COMMENTARY BY: Karina Lemmer

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

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