California 12

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BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

AGE: 18

DATE OF BIRTH (DD/MM/YYYY): 29/09/2000

PLACE OF BIRTH: Orange, California

GENDER: male

ETHNICITY: Caucasian

OCCUPATION: student

EDUCATION: high School

AREA(S) OF RESIDENCE OUTSIDE REPRESENTATIVE REGION FOR LONGER THAN SIX MONTHS: none

OTHER INFLUENCES ON SPEECH: N/A

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RECORDED BY: subject

DATE OF RECORDING (DD/MM/YYYY): 25/06/2019

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

ORTHOGRAPHIC TRANSCRIPTION OF UNSCRIPTED SPEECH:

I’m from Orange County, California. I’ve lived here my entire life. Uh, my parents were raised in California. Uh, my mom was born here; my dad was born in Chicago, but his family moved here for the weather.

I’ve always been aware that I have, like, a California accent, I guess, because, um, whenever I travel around the U.S., people can tell by the way I talk that I’m from California. I’ve also had teachers who’ve like, commented on the way I, I speak. I had a vocal teacher who — he’d get, uh, frustrated with me every time I talked to him, and — because of, um, he thought the way I spoke, uh, was not natural for my voice. So, he’d make me talk up here.

I also had a French teacher who once, um, told me that she had a dream about me where I was speaking French but it was expressive and not monotone ’cause I usually talk so monotone. Uh, I thought that was kinda funny.

TRANSCRIBED BY: subject

DATE OF TRANSCRIPTION: 26/06/2019

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