Texas 7

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BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

AGE: 19

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

PLACE OF BIRTH: Dallas, Texas

GENDER: female

ETHNICITY: Caucasian

OCCUPATION: college student

EDUCATION: Subject was just starting her theatre education after being trained in singing.

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

Subject lived in Miami, Florida, for a year.

OTHER INFLUENCES ON SPEECH:

Her mother is from Athens, Georgia, and her father is from Clarksville, Texas.

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ORTHOGRAPHIC TRANSCRIPTION OF UNSCRIPTED SPEECH:

I’ve been wanting to do theatre ever since I was about 3 years old. I’ve been interested in singing since I was about 4 or 5. I remember the very first song that I ever sang was with my dad in our living room, Tina Turner: “What’s Love Got to Do With it?” An’ he used to, like, flip me over on my — on my back, an’ I’d like walk on the ceiling on his shoulders. An’, I w– I’ve always wanted to be a performer, ever since I was — I guess like — I guess 5 to 8. My dad used to — he bought me a stage when I was really young, an’ I used to prete– practice, like, singing in a microphone. An’ I used to lip synch a lot, an’ jump on my bed an’ do shows, out of my bedroom an’ everything. Um, I got to be a star in a musical when I was in high school. My senior year, I played Hope Harcourt in the musical “Anything Goes,” an’ that was a really cool experience, because I’d never — I played a role that was nothing like how I really am. I’m not an inge– I’m not a debutante-y type, ingénue-role person. I don’t know how you would say that, but, um, yeah, music is my main passion. I love singing more than anything, an’ it brings out my personality an’ what I love, about life, the most.

TRANSCRIBED BY: Jacqueline Baker

DATE OF TRANSCRIPTION (DD/MM/YYYY): 20/07/2008

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SCHOLARLY COMMENTARY:

Subject says she has not worked on changing her speaking voice or speech habits. Notice the very pronounced Texas R sound, the slight nasal quality to vowels (especially around nasal consonants), and the dropping of final voiced plosives. There is a definite pull of the tongue upward and back in the mouth, which effects all of the vowel sounds.

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