Australia 36

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BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

AGE: 20

DATE OF BIRTH (DD/MM/YYYY): 16/07/2001

PLACE OF BIRTH: Canberra

GENDER: female

ETHNICITY: Australian/New Zealander/Caucasian

OCCUPATION: student

EDUCATION: college graduate

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

The subject has lived in Canberra, Australia, her entire life except for six months in Sydney, Australia.

OTHER INFLUENCES ON SPEECH:

Both her parents have Australian accents, despite her mother being born in New Zealand and moving to Australia when she was 5 years old. The subject says her grandmother has a strong northern New Zealand accent.

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RECORDED BY: subject

DATE OF RECORDING (DD/MM/YYYY): 20/07/2021

PHONETIC TRANSCRIPTION OF SCRIPTED SPEECH: N/A

TRANSCRIBED BY: N/A

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

ORTHOGRAPHIC TRANSCRIPTION OF UNSCRIPTED SPEECH:

Hi, um, I just turned 20, and I’ve lived my whole life in Canberra, Australia, up until about six months ago when I moved interstate to Sydney to study. Um, my family: I have a, a younger brother who’s four years younger than me and my mum and my dad. Um, I am, I definitely am a mummy’s girl, so it took a lot for me to move out of home, um, to study, um. I’ve always been quite independent, but moving away and really having to be by myself was quite a challenge, but I do love the freedom that it’s given me.

Uh, I always get really nervous when I have to do things like this, um, unscripted things. I’m a, I’m a very anxious person, so when I call — if I ever have to, uh, book an appointment for something or order something — I actually always tend to write a script, exactly what I will say because I hate, I hate silence and awkward silence. Um, so I hope, I hope I’m doing OK with this.

Um, the year is 2021. We are about a year and a half into COVID-19. Um, thankfully for me that hasn’t really affected me too much. Um, being in a small town, we only have about 400,000 people here, um, and as of about right now, it’s been a year since we’ve had any case of community transmission, but we haven’t even really had to face that worry, um, and I’m so lucky, especially when we see what happens around the world. Um, currently Sydney is in lockdown, so I am home in Canberra, um, completing my study online, and I’m just making the most of time with family because you should always make sure you are grateful for your family and what you have. So I think this is enough; um, I’m not sure. But anybody who listened, thank you for listening, um and yeah? I, I guess that’s it.

TRANSCRIBED BY: subject

DATE OF TRANSCRIPTION (DD/MM/YYYY): 20/07/2021

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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