Guangdong 5

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BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

AGE: 22

DATE OF BIRTH (DD/MM/YYYY): 19/05/1998

PLACE OF BIRTH: Shenzhen, Guangdong

GENDER: female

ETHNICITY: Chinese

OCCUPATION: student

EDUCATION: postgraduate

AREAS OF RESIDENCE OUTSIDE REPRESENTATIVE REGION FOR LONGER THAN SIX MONTHS: none

OTHER INFLUENCES ON SPEECH:

The subject has been exposed to American TV series since she was 10 years old. During her undergraduate years, she wanted to add a sense of British style to what had previously been more of an American accent, so she watched many British TV series. She says that her accent gradually became more British-sounding.

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RECORDED BY: subject

DATE OF RECORDING (DD/MM/YYYY): 11/02/2021

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ORTHOGRAPHIC TRANSCRIPTION OF UNSCRIPTED SPEECH:

So I was actually, uh, so I was born in Shenzhen, a coastal city in the southern China. And I’ve lived there all my life. I didn’t, um, go abroad; I didn’t travel to an English-speaking country until the, until the sophomore year where I went to Cambridge, um, for 15 days and then go to Germany with my friend, like travel in Europe for like a month.

Um, so I am actually very proud of this city, uh, uh, the city where I grew up: Shenzhen, because 30 years ago, it was just a small fishing village. Nothing, nothing really to see there. But during these 30 years, many things have changed, and it has gradually became [sic] a, a cosmo, international cosmopolitan, where many excellent enterprises are born, such as Huawei and Tencent. And I do believe that many students in Shenzhen can speak like me or at least, um, excel at an English test. Because, I mean, many, um, Shenzhen really paid many attention — emphasize a lot on the education in English.

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DATE OF TRANSCRIPTION (DD/MM/YYYY): 11/02/2021

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