South Africa 28

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BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

AGE: 21

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

PLACE OF BIRTH: Johannesburg

GENDER: male

ETHNICITY: Caucasian

OCCUPATION: student

EDUCATION: Subject was a college student at the time of this recording.

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

Subject moved to Witbank, South Africa, as a child. He was a student at UCLA in Los Angeles, California, in the United States, at the time of this interview. He and his family moved to Irvine, California, when he was 10 years old.

OTHER INFLUENCES ON SPEECH: N/A

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RECORDED BY: Aimee Karlin (under supervision of David Nevell)

DATE OF RECORDING (DD/MM/YYYY): 2007

PHONETIC TRANSCRIPTION OF SCRIPTED SPEECH: N/A

TRANSCRIBED BY: N/A

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

ORTHOGRAPHIC TRANSCRIPTION OF UNSCRIPTED SPEECH:

[INTERVIEWER: Tell me where you were born and a little bit about it.]
Well I was born in Johannesburg in South Africa, and then after two years of being brought up in Johannesburg, my parents moved to Witbank in South Africa, which is an hour southeast, I believe, of southeast or southwest of Johannesburg, and that’s where I grew up for ten and a half years before moving to the United States. There’s a huge mixture of … um … of just interactions between people because of how diverse the culture is. There’s a very large African culture which is kind of obvious and they really influence how um the white Africans go about their daily life. There are also Afrikaaners which are the Dutch settlers that have that colonized the country and their ancestors are so prevalent in the country. And then there are also the British the uh British settlers who uh also spawned uh a huge culture there. So there are all these different influences like with the British accent as well as South Africa uh the Afrikaaner accent and the Zulu accent that all influence how a South African dialect has kind of come about and why it’s so hard to place because of all the different um aspects of um… all the different aspects of uh the how diverse the culture is.
[INTERVIEWER: Tell me a little more about the culture there.]
The culture there’s nothing like it here really I mean there is a South African subculture here that is a little more, um, it’s very, it’s a very specific subculture here so missing all the aspects of the culture there like all the influences like there’s just so many influences from other countries, and other um cultures that, uh, created a very diverse African South African culture that I can’t find anywhere here, so its it’s hard to kind of get that satisfaction here with like you can only find it in South Africa; so it’s one of the things I miss as well as my family.

TRANSCRIBED BY: Aimee Karlin (under supervision of David Nevell)

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