California 13

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BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

AGE: 19

DATE OF BIRTH (DD/MM/YYYY): 06/09/2000

PLACE OF BIRTH: Bellevue, Washington, but raised in Sacramento

GENDER: female

ETHNICITY: African American

OCCUPATION: student

EDUCATION: some college

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

The subject was born in Bellevue, Washington, and lived her first four years in Sammamish, Washington.

OTHER INFLUENCES ON SPEECH:

Her parents stressed academics, as well as speaking Standard American English at home.

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RECORDED BY: subject

DATE OF RECORDING (DD/MM/YYYY): 24/07/2020

PHONETIC TRANSCRIPTION OF SCRIPTED SPEECH: N/A

TRANSCRIBED BY: N/A

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

ORTHOGRAPHIC TRANSCRIPTION OF UNSCRIPTED SPEECH:

Uh, all right, um, let’s see. So, I was born in Washington, in a place called Bellevue, um, but I was actually raised, I’m gonna say, a couple miles away, in another town called Sammamish. Um, very isolated. Um, our house was surrounded by all these big evergreen trees, and I think there were maybe only one or two houses nearby. In fact, it was so isolated, uh, we were by the sound, kind of. Um, there were lots of raccoons and wolves and deer that would just come up to the house and kind of sit on the driveway. I think one time they said, uh, there were some wolves even. I would’ve loved to see the wolves.

Um, now I live in California: very different from Washington, um, because it’s very sunny. Much warmer, all the time. Uh, much more cars, so it’s a lot louder. Uh, let’s see what else? Oh, I’ve been to Los Angeles and, uh, San Francisco, which are much bigger than the place I grew up in, but because we moved when I was so little, I don’t actually remember Washington very much; it’s just that I see a lot of pictures that my family has kept.

Uh, let’s see, uh, what else? Um, yeah, I, I don’t really hear that I have as much of an accent on the West Coast, um, you get told that, y’know, there’s the Valley Girl stereotype, but other than that, we don’t really have a “Western” thing; y’know we don’t have the Texas Western twang. Um, I get told that I pronounce some words like I’m a British person. And I guess that’s because I read a certain way, or because it was stressed that I speak extremely “standard” English, uh, extremely academic, emphasizing all my consonants and everything.

TRANSCRIBED BY: subject

DATE OF TRANSCRIPTION (DD/MM/YYYY): 24/07/2020

PHONETIC TRANSCRIPTION OF UNSCRIPTED SPEECH: N/A

TRANSCRIBED BY: N/A

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

SCHOLARLY COMMENTARY: N/A

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

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