Hong Kong 2

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BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

AGE: 16

DATE OF BIRTH (DD/MM/YYYY): 07/02/2005

PLACE OF BIRTH: Hong Kong

GENDER: female

ETHNICITY: Chinese

OCCUPATION: student

EDUCATION: upper secondary

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

OTHER INFLUENCES ON SPEECH:

The speaker studies in a school with English as the main teaching language. The speaker learned English primarily through YouTube videos and English songs.

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RECORDED BY: subject

DATE OF RECORDING (DD/MM/YYYY): 27/06/2021

PHONETIC TRANSCRIPTION OF SCRIPTED SPEECH: N/A

TRANSCRIBED BY: N/A

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

ORTHOGRAPHIC TRANSCRIPTION OF UNSCRIPTED SPEECH:

So I was born and raised in Hong Kong, like my parents, so I’ve been living in Hong Kong for my whole life, and I moved around the city for a bit, but I haven’t really lived outside of Hong Kong, even though I do travel a lot. And, um, I quite like eating a lot of local food: egg tarts, for example; that’s a classic that I don’t really eat nowadays because they’re very sweet and I don’t want to get diabetes. Um, apart from that, I really like eating dim sum, and that’s a pretty big part of our culture in Hong Kong actually. That’s eating dim sum and yumcha, which is essentially gathering in a teahouse and having dim sum, drinking tea together. It [yumcha] translates literally into “drinking tea,” so, yeah, um, I really like to do these things. Uh, for, really, during Sundays actually. And I like to read in my free time. I also like to write fiction. And, yes. I guess, uh, that’s it?

[The subject speaks Chinese]: 我係香港人 我屋企養貓 我最鐘意嘅顏色係黑色同黃色

[Romanized transcription: Ngóh haih hēung góng yàhn. Ngó hūk kéi yéuhng māau. Ngóh jeui jūng yi ge ngàahn sīk haih hāk sīk tùhng wòhng sīk.

English translation: I am from Hong Kong. I have a cat at home. My favorite colors are black and yellow.]

TRANSCRIBED BY: subject

DATE OF TRANSCRIPTION (DD/MM/YYYY): 27/06/2021

PHONETIC TRANSCRIPTION OF UNSCRIPTED SPEECH: N/A

TRANSCRIBED BY: N/A

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

SCHOLARLY COMMENTARY

The subject has a very mild accent and has clearly worked to perfect her General American sound. Indeed, except for her over-emphasis of the “T” consonant and her mispronunciation of “lunatic,” it would be difficult for someone to guess, at least from her reading of Comma Gets a Cure, that she was born and raised in Hong Kong. She also exhibits an extremely mild accent in her unscripted speech, though a more staccato rhythm, typical of Chinese speech, is noticeable.

COMMENTARY BY: Cameron Meier

DATE OF COMMENTARY (DD/MM/YYYY): 28/06/2021

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