Wales 7

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BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

AGE: 36

DATE OF BIRTH (DD/MM/YYYY): 02/03/1976

PLACE OF BIRTH: Barry, South Wales

GENDER: female

ETHNICITY: Caucasian

OCCUPATION: vocalist

EDUCATION: A levels

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

She lived on the Isle of Wight for three years, in Manchester for 10 years, and in Toronto for around six years. She then moved to Essex for two years, then back to Toronto, where she lived at the time of recording.

OTHER INFLUENCES ON SPEECH:

You can hear the influence of Manchester in her speech, but, otherwise, there are no influencing factors.

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RECORDED BY: John Fleming

DATE OF RECORDING (DD/MM/YYYY): 15/11/2012

PHONETIC TRANSCRIPTION OF SCRIPTED SPEECH: N/A

TRANSCRIBED BY:  N/A

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

ORTHOGRAPHIC TRANSCRIPTION OF UNSCRIPTED SPEECH:

Oh, I lived on the Isle of Wight for, like, four years, when I was 21, so up until, whatever four years after all, 25. Then I moved to Manchester. Why, not that, no, I didn’t live on the Isle of Wight for four years. I was 20, lived on the Isle of Wight for, hmm, I don’t know, for a few years, then moved out to Manchester for ten. Then moved here [Toronto, Canada] for, like, six, and then went back to Essex, London, for two. [laughs] So I’ve lived all over the place. I did used to have an imaginary friend. It was a mouse, I think, called Dorothy. But she wasn’t all that interesting. I think once, my mum almost sat on her, in the bathroom. [laughs] Um, I’d, I’ve had a few pets. No, I’ve only had two, actually. Two budgies. I’ve always wanted animals; I’ve had two budgies in my time. The first one died of constipation, unfortunately. [laughs] My dad tried to give it mouth-to-beak resuscitation. [laughs] It didn’t work.

TRANSCRIBED BY: John Fleming

DATE OF TRANSCRIPTION (DD/MM/YYYY): 23/11/2012

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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