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DATE OF BIRTH (DD/MM/YYYY): N/A
PLACE OF BIRTH: Cienfuegos, Cuba
EDUCATION: high school/theater academy
AREA(S) OF RESIDENCE OUTSIDE REPRESENTATIVE REGION FOR LONGER THAN SIX MONTHS:
He moved to the United States in 1968.
OTHER INFLUENCES ON SPEECH:
Subject worked as an actor and in radio.
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RECORDED BY: Michael Barnes
DATE OF RECORDING (DD/MM/YYYY): 02/2005
PHONETIC TRANSCRIPTION OF SCRIPTED SPEECH:
wĕl | ˈhieɹ is ɛ ˈst̪oɾi foɾ ˈɟu ‖ ˈsaɾa ˌperi | was e ˈbet̪eɾɘ?naɾi ˌneɹ̩?ʷs | hu ˈhad̪̚ ˌbiŋ ˈɡwɚ̹ˌkiŋ ˈd̪eili | ʔa̰ɾ a̰n ˈol su | ʔin ɛ ðeˈse̹˞ˑt̪ed̪̚? ˈðist̪ɾit̪ ov ðe ˈt̪eriˌt̪oɾi ‖ soː ˌʧi was ˈveɾi ˈhapi | t̪w ə̆sˈt̪aɾt̪̚ e ˈnju ˈʒob̥ʰ | ʔaɾ e ˈsupɝ̹b̚ ˈpɾaiβət̪̚ ˈpɾak̚t̪is | in ˈnoɚs esˈkweɐ˞ˑ ˌnie˞ ðe ˈd̪juk̚ ˈst̪ɾik̚ ˈt̪aw̰ə̰̆ɾ̥ ‖ ˈd̪at̪̚ ˈʔaɾea | was ˈmɵʃ ˈnieɽəɾ̥ | fo˞ ˈheɚ̹ ʔa̰n ˈmoɹ t̪u heɹ ˈliŋ̆?kiŋ ‖ ˈiβən ˌsoṵ | oŋ heɹ ˈfə˞ˑst̪̚ ˈmoɚnɪŋ | ʧi ˈfelt̪̚ əsˈt̪ɹesd̪̥ ‖ ʒɪ ˈʔei ʔe ˈboʊl of ˈpor̆iʒ̊ | ˈʧek̚ hɚˈsɛlf | ʔin̪? d̪e ˈmir̆oɾ̥ | an ˈwaʃ?t̪̚ ˈhɹ̩ʷ ˈfeis ʔin e ˈhoɹ̝ḭ ‖ ˈd̪en̪ | ʧi ˈput̪ on ə ˈpleiɲ ˈʝelou ˈðɾes | ʔan e ˈflis ˈʝakə̰t̪ | ˈpik̚t̪ ˌɒp | hɚ ˈkitʰ ʔən ˈheðe foɾ? ˈwə?ɚ̰k ‖ wen ˈʧi ɡat̪ ˈd̪eɚ̰ː | ð̞e was ə ˈɣuman | wiθ e ˈɰuːs ˈweit̪iŋ foɹ ˈheɹ ‖ ð̞e ˈɣumaŋ | ˈɡeiɸ ˌsaɾa an oˈfiʃjal ˌleɾeɾ̥ | ˌfoɚːɱ d̪e ˈvet̪ ‖ ˈd̪e ˌlet̪eɚ ˈʔ?imˈpla̰ḭd̪ ̥| d̪at̪̚ d̪e ˈʔ?animəl kʊd̚ bɨ ˈsɔfeɾiŋ fɾon e ˈɹʷeːɹʷ ˈfõɚ̃ ʔof ˈ’fut̪ an ˈmaus ðiˈ’sis | wiʃ was soɾˈpɹ̻aisiŋ | bikoz ˈnoɾmali | ju wuð ˈʔoʊ?̃li esˈpek̚t̪ | t̪u ˈsi it̪̚ in ɛ ˈdɒɰ ʔoɾ ə ˈɡo̹ut̪ ‖ ˈsaɾa was sen̪t̪iˈmen̪t̪al | soʔ ˈd̪is ˌmei ˌheɹ ˈfɨə̆?l ˈsori ˌfo˞ɚ?̥ | ð̞e ˈbjut̪iful ˈbe˞ɚ̆d̺ ̥‖ biˈfoɐ̹˞ ˈloŋ | ˌðæˑt̪̚ ˈʔiʧi ɡus | biˈɰan t̪u esˈt̪ɾ?ɔt̪ aˈr̆aun̪ d̪e ˈofis | laik ɛ̆ luˈnat̪ik̚ | wiʃ ˈmei ʔæn ʔənˈsanɪt̪aɾi ˈmesd̥ ‖ d̪e ˈɡus ˈʔonĕɚʔ | ˈmeɾi ˈhaɾisən | ˈked̪̚ ˈkoliŋ ˈkoma ˈkoma ˈ’koma ˈko̰ma̰ | wiʃ ˈsaɾa ˈθɔˑt̪?̚ was an ˈod̪̚ ˈʧois foɾ ə̆ ˈneim ‖ ˈkoma | was əsˈt̪ɾoŋ an ˈhjuʃ | so iɡg wuð̞ ˌt̪ʰ?eik ˌsom ˈfo˞ˑs t̪u ˈt̪ɹap ˈhə̆ɹ | bŏt ˈsaɾa | haɾ e ˈd̪ifeɾeŋ aiˈd̪ia ‖ ˈfɝˑst̪̚ | ʤ̊ɪ ˈt̪ɾai ˈɟ͡ʝen̪t̪li | sˈt̪ɾoukin̪ d̪e ˈɡus ˈloʊ̆ɚ ˈbak ˈwis hɝ ˈpal ̃‖ ˈd̪eŋ | ˈsiŋɡiŋ ʔe ˈtʰun t̪u ˈhɝ̰?ˑ ‖ ˈfainali | ʃi ʔað̞miˈnisteɾ̥ ˈʔeð̞ḛɾ̥ ‖ he˞ ˈʔ?efo˞s wɛ˞ʔ ˈnot̪̚ fuˈt̪il | n̩ ˈno ˈt̪aim ð̞e ˈɡus biˈɰan̪ t̪u ˈt̪aɚˑ | soˑʔ ˈsaɾa was ˈɛiˌbɤɫ | t̪u ˈhol on̪t̪o ˈkoma | ʔaŋ ˈɡiv̥? he̹r̥ ʔĕ reˈlaksiŋm̆ ˈbaθ ‖ ˈwʌ̃n ˈsaɾa hað ˈmanəʒ̊° t̪u ˈbas̪ d̪e ˈɣus | ʤ̊i ‘waip ˈhɝʔ ˈɑ̹v̥ʔ wɪθ e ˈkloʊð̥ ̆| ˌɛ̃l ̃ˈleid̪̚ ˈhɹ̩ˑ ʔõˑ heɹʷ ˈɹʷai ˈsaid̪ ̥‖ ˈd̪eŋ ˈsaɾa ˌkoɱˈfiɚ̃ d̪?ə ˈbeks d̪aiˈnosɘs ‖ ˈʔolmos iˈmið̞ja̰l̰ḭ | ʃi riˈmembɚ ɛn ˈəfɛk̚t̪if ˈt̪ɹiʔmẽʔ | d̪aʔ riˈkwaɹʷ ˈ’hɹ̩ʷ | t̪u ˈmeʒ̊oɹ ˈʔauʔ ə ˈlɑɾ ɑv̥ ˈmeɾ̪?isə̰̃ ‖ ˈsaɾa ˈwo˞ɹm | ðat̪̚ ˈd̪is ˈkɔɹs əf ˈtɹit̪̚meŋʔ mai ˈbi ə̆sˈpensif | ˈeðɚː | ˈfaːif oːɚː ˈsɪks ˈt̪aims | d̪e ˈkoʊs of ˈpeniˌsɘləŋ ‖ ai ˈkɛn̪t̪ʰ? iˈmaʝin ˈpeʝij̃ sŏ ˈmoʧ | bɐ̹t̪?̚ ˌmisɘs ˈhar̆isoŋ | e ˈmiljoˌneɹ ˈɹojɘ̹ɹ θɔt̪̚ | ʔi ˈɰ?wʌ̹s ʔe ˈfɝ̹ ˈpɹais foɾ e ˈkjuɾ̥
[Phoneme transcribed as [o] is not that closed.]
TRANSCRIBED BY: Santiago Rodriguez
DATE OF TRANSCRIPTION (DD/MM/YYYY): 05/02/2008
ORTHOGRAPHIC TRANSCRIPTION OF UNSCRIPTED SPEECH:
Uuuh, uhh, you mean where I grew?* up you mean my hometown?* San Fuegos, Cuba.* Oh,*I had a normal life.* I have * um, lovely parents,* one sister, * one * uh grandmother, * uncles, * aunt. I had a very happy childhood. Summertime, during my vacation, sometimes I used to go to a farm *and I spent the time there riding horses *and umm * and other week I used to come to the beach, because because I grew up in a beautiful bay * named San Fuegos* and and always in the summer we used to go to the beach;* not in the winter * never in the winter, only in the summer. * Then I finish* my high school. * That used to go by Chiarapo.* And then * I start my acting career * in a * place that they call “theatre studio” then I * get married after that, because I was frustrated because I couldn’t…didn’t get a good success in that theatre academy when my wife get pregnant we decided * that we couldn’t have a a son or a girl * in a in Cuba *and we decided to fly, * to flee, to United States. We applied and we did everything that was required, * but they cut the flights * cause Pan-American used to fly there, * and because the October crisis and then I couldn’t come. * And then uh * we have no job because when you apply to come to the United States * you lost your job because you have to resign. Had no job. My wife was pregnant. But I went to the * television * uh the studios and I require an audition and was given to me; because at that time they were making auditions * to get new talent; because most of the famous actors and actresses has flown to the Uni Unitestes State to the United States. And they they had to get new talent * and uh when they came in the audition * they following day I was called to work in a in a radio show. * And that’s it. I start working in a radio show and then that was like a chain * and then I was starting in television and and then I spent four years * working um * and living from the show business * and then * came the freedom flight * and that was my opportunity to come to the United States, and that’s it. * I came in March 26, 1968.
[* = vocal pause]
TRANSCRIBED BY: Eric F. Avery
DATE OF TRANSCRIPTION (DD/MM/YYYY): 03/2005
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