Guyana 2

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BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

AGE: 53

DATE OF BIRTH (DD/MM/YYYY): 03/02/1966

PLACE OF BIRTH: Georgetown, Guyana

GENDER: male

ETHNICITY: Amerindian/East Indian/African-Caribbean

OCCUPATION: chef

EDUCATION: high school

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

The subject lived in Georgetown for all of his life until moving to Anguilla nine months prior to the date of recording.

OTHER INFLUENCES ON SPEECH: N/A

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RECORDED BY: Tshari King

DATE OF RECORDING (DD/MM/YYYY): 30/08/2019

PHONETIC TRANSCRIPTION OF SCRIPTED SPEECH: N/A

TRANSCRIBED BY: N/A

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

ORTHOGRAPHIC TRANSCRIPTION OF UNSCRIPTED SPEECH:

Oh, it was, it was very nice, because, ah, in those days, though, uh, you know, those, those days was the good days, you know. Things was very cheap, you coul- — we used to be spending coins, you know, cent, 5 cents, 10 cents pieces, you know. I will go and, you know, like, when I came from school in the afternoons, I will go on, and do like little odd jobs like fetching in sand, you know, and at the end of it I will get a 25 cents piece and that was a, that was a lot of money for me, you know; that would take me about two weeks to spend that in school. You know so I, I really used to enjoy those days.

I mean, you know, we, we grew up in a home with no electricity, no running water, no indoor toilet, so, ah, you know, as times goes by, you know we, we got accustomed to it, and ah, we, we overcome that. So, you know, I, I, I, I really had enjoy my, ah, young days, growing up as a child. You know, we used to go and catch the bus; that had turnstile; I could remember ducking under the turnstile, you know, because, ah, I was afraid it probably to turn with me you, know, so I used to duck beneath and, you know, get into the bus. You know, and we, we, we will go round and round with the bus when it reach to the terminals we wouldn’t come out, we will stay in and go back up with it, you know; when we think we had enough, we will exit at, ah, at our stop. Yeah, so, you know, those days was very, very nice days.

TRANSCRIBED BY: Tshari King

DATE OF TRANSCRIPTION (DD/MM/YYYY): 21/09/2019

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

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