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BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

AGE: 20

DATE OF BIRTH (DD/MM/YYYY): 15/08/1998

PLACE OF BIRTH: Marikina City, Philippines

GENDER: female

ETHNICITY: Filipino

OCCUPATION: student

EDUCATION: pursuing college degree

AREA(S) OF RESIDENCE OUTSIDE REPRESENTATIVE REGION FOR LONGER THAN SIX MONTHS:

Subject was born in the Philippines and lived there for a short time before moving to Aurora, Illinois (just outside Chicago), in the United States. At the time of this recording, she was living in Chicago, attending college.

OTHER INFLUENCES ON SPEECH:

Subject was raised in a Tagalog-speaking family and attended a very diverse high school, with a predominantly Hispanic population (56% Hispanic, 26% white, 13% black, etc.). At the time of this recording, she was beginning her senior year as an acting student.

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RECORDED BY: Subject

DATE OF RECORDING (DD/MM/YYYY): 28/06/2018

PHONETIC TRANSCRIPTION OF SCRIPTED SPEECH: N/A

TRANSCRIBED BY: N/A

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

ORTHOGRAPHIC TRANSCRIPTION OF UNSCRIPTED SPEECH:

I used to have this hamster named Samson. And I loved him very, very much. He was such a small, angry hamster. He was so mean. I couldn’t hold him ever. I don’t think I ever successfully held him in my hands,’cause he was just so angry and mean. He would always bite everything. But I loved him very, very much. And when he died, I threw a funeral, and it was incredibly solemn. Um, my boyfriend built a tiny casket, during his, um, his scene-shop class, his, um, his scenic-design class. He made a little casket out of something, and it was really cute. And my best friend and the guy that she was talking to at the time came over and we, like, made some drinks, and we poured some out for Samson. We, we walked down the block to our old apartment’s — we walked, OK, we walked down the block to our old apartment, which was the apartment we were living at when we first got Samson, when I first got Samson. And we — I think this is illegal — we dug a small hole in the yard of this apartment that no longer belonged to us, and we buried my dead hamster Samson in it, while playing “Let it Be” by the Beatles. Um, it was an incredibly moving, um, ceremony. I cried. I don’t think anyone else did, but my roommates, and my boyfriend, and my best friend, and the boy that she was talking to at the time were very supportive. It was — it was good. It was a good hamster funeral, for Samson.

TRANSCRIBED BY: Subject

DATE OF TRANSCRIPTION: 01/07/2018

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

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

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