Dominica 2

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BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

AGE: 22

DATE OF BIRTH (DD/MM/YYYY): 05/11/1997

PLACE OF BIRTH: Roseau, Dominica (but raised in Portsmouth)

GENDER: male

ETHNICITY: Afro-Caribbean/Dominican

OCCUPATION: laborer

EDUCATION: high school

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

The subject has lived in Dominica for most of his life but has been traveling and living between Dominica and Anguilla since 2013. At the time of recording, the subject had been living in Anguilla for three years.

OTHER INFLUENCES ON SPEECH: N/A

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RECORDED BY: Tshari King

DATE OF RECORDING (DD/MM/YYYY): 28/08/2019

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ORTHOGRAPHIC TRANSCRIPTION OF UNSCRIPTED SPEECH:

OK, well, when I was young — a little boy — me and my brother and cousins and them, we used to go up in the bush. Used to go up in the bush, to pick provision, orange, grapefruit, pineapple, watermelon. That is for our grandfather to bring Roseau, you check, hmm, all kenep too. We used to like to sell kenep because kenep is a thing that used to sell fast, you know. Yeah, so that is a must: Every time you see it kenep season, all of us we go we pick kenep, you know. Go up sell; that is for us, you know; the provision that is for our grandfather, but the kenep, that is for us, as little boy, you know, selling our thing to make our money and thing. But what more we would like now is climbing mango trees, you know; yeah, man, we used to like to climb mango trees, and when you see all of us go in a mango tree, we stay in there for days, don’t want to go home. You know because back then, you’re little boy, you can’t cook, you know; is your parents and them that cooking and thing. So when we go up in the bush and we go in the mango tree, just pick and eat, you know; when you small, you just doing things; you don’t care you know. Is when you come bigger, experience different thing.

TRANSCRIBED BY: Tshari King

DATE OF TRANSCRIPTION (DD/MM/YYYY): 13/09/2019

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