Tanzania 1

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BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

AGE: 49

DATE OF BIRTH (DD/MM/YYYY): 1960

PLACE OF BIRTH: Zanzibar, Tanzania

GENDER: male

ETHNICITY: N/A

OCCUPATION: He is graduate teaching assistant at the University of Kansas.

EDUCATION: Subject was earning his Ph.D. at the time of the recording.

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

Subject lived in Australia for a few years, and was studying at the University of Kansas, in the United States, at the time of this recording.

OTHER INFLUENCES ON SPEECH:

He started learning English in Zanzibar in junior high and high school. English is his third language, and Arabic is his second. His time in Australia likely influenced his accent greatly, as that is where he first studied and used English extensively.

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RECORDED BY: Alyson Cripps

DATE OF RECORDING (DD/MM/YYYY): 04/05/2009

PHONETIC TRANSCRIPTION OF SCRIPTED SPEECH: N/A

TRANSCRIBED BY: N/A

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

ORTHOGRAPHIC TRANSCRIPTION OF UNSCRIPTED SPEECH:

OK, I was born in Zanzibar, and that is the United Republic of Tanzania. I was right there in Zanzibar, a city of Zanzibar of kind of a million people, and uh I came to America, um, in 2007, and I’ve been doing my PhD here since then, and now I’ m working as a GTA, uh, with the University of Kansas. OK, my Ffffff, oh, OK, ummm I’ve got two type of family though I have my nucleus family, which is of five people like I’ve got my wife and th, and and three kids. One is adopted kid and, ya know, and um and an extended one is like any other African is ok ya about uh coming to America oh, it’s been kind of good experience to me honestly speaking, I was working there as a government director of urban development and planning and, um, having done  a lot of work in Zanzibar, I thought I should come back to to school to finalize my pas.. My last paper, and I decided to do that paper in geography, actually doing my PhD in geography, and that is what I’m now really doing here in America; that’s the purpose of coming to America. I been to America twice before then, though, but when I used to come here to America, just to, ya know, for official kind of, ya know, ya know, trips, it was not that much academic; no, just official coming to New York and U, and, and, and D.C. In Zanzibar, I been, I been in many places, like I, I was born in the city, and Af I had been traveling schooling in the city, but then I had been traveling a lot around the archipelago of Zanzibar, going to (unclear) ya know, one of the other islands of which form the Zanzibar archipelago, and I have been to the city of Daras Salam, in the other side of Tanzania, and the continental side of Tanzania, and I think I been also to the city of Mumbasi in Kenya, as I’ve been traveling a lot around the east African region.

TRANSCRIBED BY: Alyson Cripps

DATE OF TRANSCRIPTION (DD/MM/YYYY): 04/05/2009

PHONETIC TRANSCRIPTION OF UNSCRIPTED SPEECH: N/A

TRANSCRIBED BY: N/A

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

SCHOLARLY COMMENTARY: N/A

COMMENTARY BY: N/A

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

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