Louisiana 12

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BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

AGE: 41

DATE OF BIRTH (DD/MM/YYYY): 27/01/1977

PLACE OF BIRTH: New Orleans (Gentilly)

GENDER: female

ETHNICITY: black (African-American)

OCCUPATION: driver/dispatcher for the transportation department of a TV/film company

EDUCATION: some college

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

The subject has never lived outside Louisiana. (She lived in Lafayette, Louisiana, for a few years.)

OTHER INFLUENCES ON SPEECH:

She describes her accent as not having the “swing” that some folks in her neighborhood might have.

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RECORDED BY: Tanera Marshall

DATE OF RECORDING (DD/MM/YYYY): 28/03/2019

PHONETIC TRANSCRIPTION OF SCRIPTED SPEECH: N/A

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

ORTHOGRAPHIC TRANSCRIPTION OF UNSCRIPTED SPEECH:

Um, born here, in New Orleans. I grew up in the Gentilly area. Gentilly is like, um, to me, pretty boring. Nothing there, um, like everything there was family. You know, at that time, it’s like graveyard, family, nothing! [Subject laughs.] Yeah, it’s like that area, like, there’s um University of New Orleans, like, the lakefront which is not far from there. So, it’s not like it’s the country area or anything like that. It’s just, um, like a family area.

I went to UNO for a while, and then I decided, oh, that’s not what I want to do with my life. I want to work, and, um, it’s just like the university isn’t, like, it’s not happening fast enough. So, I’m going to get out and get on my own.

Two to three weeks ago, I was outside of the city and I was in the plantation area like Lutcher/Donaldsonville area. And there was a lot of Cajun people there, which I was very shocked and surprised ’cause I was — I wasn’t aware of that. That’s like plantation area, so I’m still thinking “old-school ways,” and then I’m, like, hearin’ some of the accents, and it was just, like, to me, it was a culture shock, because there was a little small area there — it’s called Paulina, maybe like 45 minutes outside of New Orleans — they still have that, that real heavy Cajun, you know, it’s — you hear it.

TRANSCRIBED BY: Tanera Marshall

DATE OF TRANSCRIPTION (DD/MM/YYYY): 19/06/2019

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