England 111

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BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

AGE: 35

DATE OF BIRTH (DD/MM/YYYY): 01/10/1984

PLACE OF BIRTH: Sheffield

GENDER: male

ETHNICITY: white British

OCCUPATION: waiter

EDUCATION: university

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

The subject traveled for more than four years in his mid-twenties, living in France (Carcassonne and Fussy) and Australia (Sydney, Melbourne, and Margaret River). The subject had been living in Bristol for four years prior to the recording.

OTHER INFLUENCES ON SPEECH:

The subject’s father is from London.

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RECORDED BY: Tshari King

DATE OF RECORDING (DD/MM/YYYY): 07/11/2019

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ORTHOGRAPHIC TRANSCRIPTION OF UNSCRIPTED SPEECH:

When I was a kid, we used to like to get chasers from the police [laughs], so we’d drive — we would not drive ‘round; we’d walk around and find places where we could wind people up and then they’d chase us. [Subject laughs]. So we used to, we used to spend a lot of time going up to this hotel; there’s an, there was an Italian, an old Italian fella who worked at the hotel at the top of the road. And he would, um, he got us t- — he would always kind of get really riled up when we played on his front garden thing. It was a massive garden, and when we played on there, he’d kinda chase us off. And, um, one day we went up there, and we were, we were kinda winding him up as normal. And then he, and he was waiting in his car, in his Honda Civic, and he came flying out after us, and we ran off on our bikes; so we were f-sliding around corners and stuff, and then he rammed me. He ended up running me over and knocking me off my bike, and then, um, yeah, and then he jumped out of his thing, and he was like “I’m a gonna blow your head off, I’m gonna ….” And he had a shotgun, and then um, yeah, and then he nicked my bike and my shoe, and then we ran away down the road, and then, um, yeah, it was really dramatic. That’s a story about what I used to do when I was a kid. [Subject laughs.]

TRANSCRIBED BY: Tshari King

DATE OF TRANSCRIPTION (DD/MM/YYYY): 10/04/2020

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