Texas 3

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BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

AGE: 26

DATE OF BIRTH (DD/MM/YYYY): 1974

PLACE OF BIRTH: Laredo, Texas

GENDER: male

ETHNICITY: Hispanic

OCCUPATION: college student

EDUCATION: Subject was a college senior, pursuing a BA in fine arts, when interviewed.

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

OTHER INFLUENCES ON SPEECH: N/A

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RECORDED BY: Micha Espinosa

DATE OF RECORDING (DD/MM/YYYY): 11/02/2001

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 gonna start off with my family and tell you how much I love them and appreciate them because I’m blessed for them helping me so much, an- and giving me the opportunity to come and get a degree because, before, they didn’t have much money to pay for my tuition in college. Now, I’m gonna tell you why I appreciate my mom so much: ’cause she’s taught me to be very loyal and respectful and to be true and honest to people. OK, um, I learnt from her, um, how to treat a woman and by seeing her hurt from my father. Um, they’re divorced now but she’s very happy now that she’s moved on. And my dad is one of my best friends. I’ve learnt so much from him — from the right and the wrong. Um, both my mom too, she’s my best friend too, you know. I can talk to them about anything. But going back as far as, as the hurt, um, it’s no joke because when I see, you know, the pain and the suffering that my mamma went through, um, I’ve realized that, that when it comes to relationships and when it comes to, to treating a person, when you treat people the way you wanna be treated, I think that’s the way it should be. When she’s taught be about having faith, the faith, you shall overcome victory. When you give, you shall receive. And when you’re true, you shall be free.

TRANSCRIBED BY: Mitchell Kelly

DATE OF TRANSCRIPTION (DD/MM/YYYY): 15/01/2008

PHONETIC TRANSCRIPTION OF UNSCRIPTED SPEECH: N/A

TRANSCRIBED BY: N/A

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

SCHOLARLY COMMENTARY:

Subject has a light Hispanic accent, typical of a Texas border town. He is fluent in Spanish and says he dreams in both languages. His rhythm changes are the strongest feature of his accent. Note the following: some dropping of -ing endings, some “i” (pin) for “e” (pen) substitutions; mispronunciation of words (bow); diphthong “o” (go) heard as a pure vowel sound “O” (obey) in “you know”; a stressed consonant “r” in final position; and final consonants not always evident.

COMMENTARY BY: Micha Espinosa

DATE OF COMMENTARY (DD/MM/YYYY): 11/02/2001

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