Texas 17

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BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

AGE: 22

DATE OF BIRTH (DD/MM/YYYY): 22/11/1987

PLACE OF BIRTH: Portales, New Mexico

GENDER: male

ETHNICITY: African-American

OCCUPATION: student

EDUCATION: student and mentor for children at a shelter for victims of domestic violence

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

Subject was born in New Mexico but was raised in Lubbock, Texas, and moved to Dallas at the age of 12.

OTHER INFLUENCES ON SPEECH: N/A

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RECORDED BY: Derek Smith

DATE OF RECORDING (DD/MM/YYYY): 15/03/2010

PHONETIC TRANSCRIPTION OF SCRIPTED SPEECH: N/A

TRANSCRIBED BY: N/A

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

ORTHOGRAPHIC TRANSCRIPTION OF UNSCRIPTED SPEECH:

And in regards to me, I am … I was born in eastern New Mexico, a town called Portales. Um, it’s not too far off from another, a larger town, Clovis, New Mexico, which is where my mom was born and raised; um, still have family there. My father is from Anniston, Alabama, um, though-even though I was born in New Mexico, we didn’t stay there long. Uh, before I even turned 1, uh, we moved to Lubbock, Texas, which is West Texas, and still not too far away from Clovis, the Clovis area. Uh, I lived there till I was 12, and then moved to the Dallas area where I’ve been ever since. And, um, I, I guess that’s all in regards to my accent, uh, I could say it; the reason I’m doing this is because so often I have people ask me, uh, where I’m from; uh, apparently, uh, my accent doesn’t sound like I’m from Texas or, I don’t know, maybe it might be the western region of it. But, um, whenever I ask them where they think I’m from, they can never give a distinct answer. So it, it’s always been something that’s really intrigued me. Um, I’d really like to find out, uh, ’cause it bothers me a lot. Um, so I’m hoping this’ll give me a good analysis, and I look forward to seeing it on the Website and helping the IDEA archives out. I think that is about all I have to say though, so I will stop now.

TRANSCRIBED BY: Derek Smith

DATE OF TRANSCRIPTION (DD/MM/YYYY): 15/03/2010

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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