Wisconsin 2

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BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

AGE: 16

DATE OF BIRTH (DD/MM/YYYY): 1983

PLACE OF BIRTH: Appleton, Wisconsin

GENDER: female

ETHNICITY: Caucasian

OCCUPATION: high school student

EDUCATION: Subject was still in high school at the time of this interview.

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

Subject has never lived outside Wisconsin.

OTHER INFLUENCES ON SPEECH:

Subject was raised in DePere, Wisconsin, and had also lived in Saukville and Madison.

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RECORDED BY: Cynthia Blaise

DATE OF RECORDING (DD/MM/YYYY): 05/08/1999

PHONETIC TRANSCRIPTION OF SCRIPTED SPEECH: N/A

TRANSCRIBED BY: N/A

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

ORTHOGRAPHIC TRANSCRIPTION OF UNSCRIPTED SPEECH:

Um, my parents decided to throw me a surprise birthday party for my sixteenth birthday, and I was really surprised. Like, I got pictures back and my face — I was just like so surprised. My mom — I — was shaking when I walked in the door, and my friends — three of my friends took me shopping, and, um, then when we came back, everyone was just sitting on the stairs. And one of my friends jumped out of the closet. It was fun. It was — it was really nice of them to do that.

TRANSCRIBED BY: Jacqueline Baker

DATE OF TRANSCRIPTION (DD/MM/YYYY): 24/10/2007

PHONETIC TRANSCRIPTION OF UNSCRIPTED SPEECH: N/A

TRANSCRIBED BY: N/A

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

SCHOLARLY COMMENTARY:

Subject has almost half-close front vowel for “pot” and “gods.” You will hear “white light” using a centralized starting point for the diphthong. She also uses the open front vowel for “walk.” There is a good generational contrast with Wisconsin 1. This subject also exhibits the creaky voice that had become almost universal in white females of her age by the mid 1990s. There is much glottalization of final consonants, marking the staccato style of this age group of speakers. (There is some machinery hum on this recording.)

COMMENTARY BY: Cynthia Blaise

DATE OF COMMENTARY (DD/MM/YYYY): 05/08/1999

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