Autism Spectrum Disorder 1

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BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

AGE: 22

DATE OF BIRTH (DD/MM/YYYY): 1997

PLACE OF BIRTH: Redmond, Washington, United States

GENDER: female

ETHNICITY: Caucasian

OCCUPATION: student

EDUCATION: post-graduate student

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

OTHER INFLUENCES ON SPEECH:

The subject says she was influenced by the dialect of her best friend, who is from Toronto, Canada.

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RECORDED BY: subject

DATE OF RECORDING (DD/MM/YYYY): 2019

PHONETIC TRANSCRIPTION OF SCRIPTED SPEECH: N/A

TRANSCRIBED BY: N/A

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

ORTHOGRAPHIC TRANSCRIPTION OF UNSCRIPTED SPEECH:

So I was born in Redmond, Washington, which is close to Seattle; um, and, the biggest major city is Bellevue, which is out on the east side of Seattle. Um, my parents, um: My mom was from Washington near there, um, but my dad was from Idaho: Boise. And, um, my best friend growing up: Her whole family was from Toronto in Canada, so I picked up a lot of, um, accent stuff from her and her family and some Canadian ways of speaking.

Um, I have Autism Spectrum Disorder, which is a neurological disability that I’ve had since I was born. Um, I was never in speech therapy. I, um [extended pause], I was able to speak without, um, a lot of difficulty as a kid, but because of my disability, I tend to pause a lot when I’m speaking, like you can hear on this recording. Um, sometimes when I’m talking to people and I know a lot about what I’m gonna be talking about, I can speak pretty quickly, and I don’t have a lot of pausing problems, but especially if I’m thinking really difficult — if I’m thinking about something really intensely, I tend to pause a lot in my speech and it can sound different to different people, whether it sounds like I’m hesitant, or I don’t know what I’m talking about, or I’m thinking really hard. It has a definite impact, especially when I’m presenting in a formal situation in front of people. Um, but generally, I don’t have problems with the physical act of making speech; it’s all a neurological, um, neurological impact, so I don’t have any problem reading scripted speech.

TRANSCRIBED BY: subject

DATE OF TRANSCRIPTION: 2019

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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