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BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

AGE: 51

DATE OF BIRTH (DD/MM/YYYY): 25/03/1968

PLACE OF BIRTH: Bristol, England

GENDER: male

ETHNICITY: white

OCCUPATION: shop owner

EDUCATION: college

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

In 2011, the subject moved to Anguilla, in the British West Indies. He had been living there for eight years at the time of this recording. Prior to his move to the Caribbean, the subject had lived in Bristol his entire life except for an eight-month stay in Essex when he was 35 years old.

OTHER INFLUENCES ON SPEECH:

The subject’s wife has a strong Berkshire accent.

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RECORDED BY: Tshari King

DATE OF RECORDING (DD/MM/YYYY): 21/08/2019

PHONETIC TRANSCRIPTION OF SCRIPTED SPEECH: N/A

TRANSCRIBED BY: N/A

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

ORTHOGRAPHIC TRANSCRIPTION OF UNSCRIPTED SPEECH:

What I remember, mostly, is the, er, the valley and, and the woods area, which we used to play around when we were kids. It was a big area; it had, um, a disused quarry, so we’d ride our bikes there and build dams, fish, get, er, get a few ‘booters, which is basically, when your Wellington boot fills up with water. Uh, we make some rope swings; there was, err, some donkey slides, which we’d slide down on metal tins, plastic, plastic trays, that kind of thing.

Um, what else? Well, generally riding the bikes around. We had some dirt bikes we had fun on when we were kids, getting chased by the, er, Parkies. Um, playing in a band; that was fun; when I was young, I used to enjoy that. Video games, uh, bearing in mind that I’m 51 now, so, er, was quite a long time ago. Um, what else did, er, I used to get up to? Boy Scouts, camping with the Boy Scouts, um, well, just general larking about really.

TRANSCRIBED BY: Tshari King

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

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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