Texas 11

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BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

AGE: 22

DATE OF BIRTH (DD/MM/YYYY): 1978

PLACE OF BIRTH: Riopas, Texas

GENDER: male

ETHNICITY: Hispanic

OCCUPATION: college student

EDUCATION: Subject was pursuing a degree in theatre at the time of this interview.

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

Subject was born in Texas but raised in Saragossa, Mexico, until the age of 15 or 16, when he immigrated to Texas. He was living in Eagle Pass, Texas, at the time of this interview.

OTHER INFLUENCES ON SPEECH: N/A

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DATE OF RECORDING (DD/MM/YYYY): 2000

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

ORTHOGRAPHIC TRANSCRIPTION OF UNSCRIPTED SPEECH:

I gonna tell a story ’bout — a little bit about me. I come from Saragossa P[unclear]la, Mexico. I was li– … uh, I was born in Riopas, Texas, but I … well, my family took me to Mexico. Uh, I come from a family of five brothers, well, four brothers, one sister. I’m the thir’ one in the family. Um, my parents got divorce when I was, like, 15, 16. An’ my town is a little, little town, where all you can do is start drinkin’ at age of 12 or 13. There’s no movies, there’s no parks, there’s no sports. There’s nothing there, so … I also start, y’know, like that age, 12, 13, I started to drink. That, that was what everyone does over there. An’ now that I’m 22, I think that was not, like, a good way to, to start bein’ a kid. So, when I were 15, 15, 16, I decide to, to come to the United States, because I, I didn’t see future of me staying in that town. An’ we don’t have like, like big schools, jus’ like high school. That was it. Um, so, right now I — my dream is become an actor, director. I do — I have no idea how am I gonna get there, but that’s my — that’s my point, so, ah, I’m in the University of Southwest on San Marcos an’ I changed my major. I ’s supposed to be a business major, so I change it to th-, ah, theatre, because I don’ like business at all. So now I’m here. I — las’ I dunno maybe two or three years in my other career. But now, ah, I gonna graduate. I hope in, uh, one more year. …

TRANSCRIBED BY: Jacqueline Baker

DATE OF TRANSCRIPTION (DD/MM/YYYY): 22/07/2008

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