Vermont 1

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BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

AGE: 53

DATE OF BIRTH (DD/MM/YYYY): 07/01/1960

PLACE OF BIRTH: Springfield, Vermont

GENDER: female

ETHNICITY: Caucasian

OCCUPATION: housewife/house cleaner

EDUCATION: high school

AREAS OF RESIDENCE OUTSIDE REPRESENTATIVE REGION FOR LONGER THAN SIX MONTHS:

Subject has never lived outside Vermont. At the time of this interview, she had been living close to her birthplace, in a town between Chester and North Springfield, for 25 years.

OTHER INFLUENCES ON SPEECH: N/A

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RECORDED BY: Kris Danford

DATE OF RECORDING (DD/MM/YYYY): 01/06/2013

PHONETIC TRANSCRIPTION OF SCRIPTED SPEECH: N/A

TRANSCRIBED BY: N/A

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

ORTHOGRAPHIC TRANSCRIPTION OF UNSCRIPTED SPEECH:

Hello, I’d like to talk a little bit about myself. I’m a stay-at-home mom slash house cleaner. I have two children that are fraternal twins that go to UVM and are juniors. And I have a husband that works at IVEK. We love to camp, fish, garden; me and my husband do motorcycle riding. My daughters are both engaged, and we live in a town that’s between Chester and North Springfield. I’ve lived here for twenty-five years. And I raise baby chicks, and I raise my own eggs, and I have a nice garden; I live on two acres of land, and we’re very busy. I also have a little godson that I take care of, and I have a nice little family. Thanks for listening.

TRANSCRIBED BY: Kris Danford

DATE OF TRANSCRIPTION (DD/MM/YYYY): 20/08/2013

PHONETIC TRANSCRIPTION OF UNSCRIPTED SPEECH: N/A

TRANSCRIBED BY: N/A

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

SCHOLARLY COMMENTARY:

In speakers of this dialect, I observe a high jaw position and, often, tension at the corners of the mouth.  The tight quality of the mouth may contribute to the jaw position.  The r’s in this dialect are fairly hard, and one will sometimes hear an intrusive r, as this speaker demonstrates on the word “idea.”  The pitch range of the dialect is relatively small.

COMMENTARY BY: Kris Danford

DATE OF COMMENTARY (DD/MM/YYYY): 20/08/2013

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