West Virginia 2

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BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

AGE: 70s

DATE OF BIRTH (DD/MM/YYYY): 1920s

PLACE OF BIRTH: Glen White, West Virginia

GENDER: female

ETHNICITY: Caucasian

OCCUPATION: retired homemaker

EDUCATION: N/A

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

Subject spent some time overseas during her husband’s military assignments.

OTHER INFLUENCES ON SPEECH: N/A

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RECORDED BY: Lynn Watson

DATE OF RECORDING (DD/MM/YYYY): 23/10/2000

PHONETIC TRANSCRIPTION OF SCRIPTED SPEECH: N/A

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ORTHOGRAPHIC TRANSCRIPTION OF UNSCRIPTED SPEECH:

[No unscripted speech was recorded.]

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PHONETIC TRANSCRIPTION OF UNSCRIPTED SPEECH: N/A

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SCHOLARLY COMMENTARY:

Subject is the wife of West Virginia 1 and the mother of West Virginia 3. She grew up in the “coal camp” (as the company mining towns were called) of Glen White, West Virginia, and now lives in Crab Orchard, West Virginia. (Symbols based on SAMPA. For the SAMPA Website, see http://www.phon.ucl.ac.uk/home/sampa/index.html). Note [I] for [E]. [aI] shifts back towards [A] but is more closed. There is a general diphthongization and elongation of vowel sounds. Lip rounding and oral space are diminished. There is also a general centralization of vowels. Strong nasal resonance and strong “r-coloring” are characteristic of the dialect. Finally, note the consistent pronunciation of “cure” [kCU@r] in the three related West Virginia samples.

COMMENTARY BY: Lynn Watson

DATE OF COMMENTARY (DD/MM/YYYY): 23/10/2000

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