England 114

Listen to England 114, a 20-year-old woman from Stourbridge and Wollastan, Dudley, West Midlands, England. Click or tap the triangle-shaped play button to hear the subject.  

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BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

AGE: 20

DATE OF BIRTH (DD/MM/YYYY): 31/07/2001

PLACE OF BIRTH: Stourbridge and Wollaston, Dudley, West Midlands

GENDER: female

ETHNICITY: White British

OCCUPATION: student

EDUCATION: undergraduate

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

The subject had been living in Liverpool for eight months months prior to the recording.

OTHER INFLUENCES ON SPEECH:

Her father speaks with a Received Pronunciation (RP) dialect.

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RECORDED BY: Tshari King

DATE OF RECORDING (DD/MM/YYYY): 12/04/2021

PHONETIC TRANSCRIPTION OF SCRIPTED SPEECH: N/A

TRANSCRIBED BY: N/A

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

ORTHOGRAPHIC TRANSCRIPTION OF UNSCRIPTED SPEECH:

I grew up in Stourbridge, which, uh, specifically Wollaston in Stourbridge. Um, it’s quite a small town. Um, it’s just on the edge of the Dudley borough; um, it’s very nic- I’ve never moved; all of my friends used to move, and I used to be quite jealous because, um, I wanted to move house ‘cause it seemed like a very exciting premise, but lest we did not. Um, it’s got loads of canals, loads of places to walk your dog. If you’ve got a dog, you’re basically in dog-walking heaven, unless your dog likes to jump in canals, in which case I’d be a little bit hesitant.

Um, I went to school in Wollaston, and then I went to high school in Wollaston, and then I went to college in Stourbridge, um, right in the center of Stourbridge, until I moved to Liverpool. I remember my mom telling me when I was very young that she really, really wanted to be an actor, but coming from quite a normal house in Dudley, with like five other brothers and sisters, when she told my nan, my nan went “nope,” and that kind of put the nail in the coffin. And I thought, oh, I wanna to do that. And I remember doing a show actually, when I was in year six, we did this weird production where we’d go through the centuries, and they were like, we need someone to play Del Boy. And I was like, yeah, I’ll, um, I’ll do that. And um, I just pulled this East End London accent out of nowhere, and I don’t know how I did it. [Subject laughs.] And then I was like, oh, OK, I want to do that. And then for a few years, I told my parents I wanted to be a vet just to keep them happy, and then I let it go that actually I really, really wanted to be an actor. And here we are.

TRANSCRIBED BY: Tshari King

DATE OF TRANSCRIPTION (DD/MM/YYYY): 23/12/2021

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