Florida 17

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BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

AGE: 27

DATE OF BIRTH (DD/MM/YYYY): 03/08/1990

PLACE OF BIRTH: Orlando, Florida

GENDER: female

ETHNICITY: Caucasian (with some English ancestry)

OCCUPATION: writer, librarian, and agent at an entertainment company

EDUCATION: bachelor’s degree

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

The subject has never lived outside the Orlando metro area.

OTHER INFLUENCES ON SPEECH:

Her father and mother have also lived in the Orlando metro for most of their lives. Her father was born and raised in Florida while her mother is originally from Ohio. Two of her grandparents were English, but the subject thinks their influence on her dialect was negligible.

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RECORDED BY: Cameron Meier

DATE OF RECORDING (DD/MM/YYYY): 22/05/2018

PHONETIC TRANSCRIPTION OF SCRIPTED SPEECH: N/A

TRANSCRIBED BY: N/A

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

ORTHOGRAPHIC TRANSCRIPTION OF UNSCRIPTED SPEECH:

Growing up in Orlando: OK, so, there’s a bunch of stereotypes about people who live in Orlando. Um, so, I think the biggest misconception is that you’re at the theme parks all the time, uh, that, you know, you must go to Disney every day. I mean, we all grow up with that, uh, which is kind of annoying because it’s like I’ve been to Disney a hand- – most people, myself included, we’ve gone to Disney a handful of times. You know, it’s super expensive and super crowded. And that’s always kind of a pain.

And then what, what’s really cool about growing up in Orlando, and you don’t see it as much anymore, but, luckily, with, uh, SpaceX kind of in, uh, the state now is that, like, I remember as a little kid going outside, and because everything is so flat, you can see the Space Shuttle going up. And, like, it was really amazing. My parents would wake me up early for those night launches, where, like, it’s just this big, huge ball of flame. And it makes you feel like real- – like even as a kid – it just made me feel so small, that this thing was going up into space. I really, I really loved that.

TRANSCRIBED BY: Cameron Meier

DATE OF TRANSCRIPTION (DD/MM/YYYY): 22/05/2018

PHONETIC TRANSCRIPTION OF UNSCRIPTED SPEECH: N/A

TRANSCRIBED BY: N/A

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

SCHOLARLY COMMENTARY:

Because Orlando is arguably the tourist capital of the United States – and as the city becomes increasingly cosmopolitan – it is becoming more difficult to define the typical Orlando dialect. Some older, Caucasian residents of the city and those in outlying, rural counties have traces of American Southern and “Old Florida” sounds, with more prominent rhoticity and even a slight drawl. And the Hispanic influence is significant in parts of metro Orlando, particularly the southern suburbs. However, this subject’s dialect is closer to General American.

COMMENTARY BY: Cameron Meier

DATE OF COMMENTARY (DD/MM/YYYY): 22/05/2018

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