DATE OF BIRTH (DD/MM/YYYY): 22/05/1986
PLACE OF BIRTH: Winnipeg
AREAS OF RESIDENCE OUTSIDE REPRESENTATIVE REGION FOR LONGER THAN SIX MONTHS:
Subject has also lived in Etobicoke and Toronto, Ontario.
OTHER INFLUENCES ON SPEECH:
The subject has had voice training, both singing and speech.
RECORDED BY: John Fleming
DATE OF RECORDING (DD/MM/YYYY): 11/11/2013
PHONETIC TRANSCRIPTION OF SCRIPTED SPEECH: N/A
TRANSCRIBED BY: N/A
DATE OF TRANSCRIPTION (DD/MM/YYYY):
ORTHOGRAPHIC TRANSCRIPTION OF UNSCRIPTED SPEECH:
I do, I have many pets. So, I had, I’ve had eight birds. I got my first bird when I was 10. And, uh, now I’m on, the seventh and the eighth bird. My last two lived for ten years, so I’m proud of that. [laughs] And the first few died pretty quickly, but I think that was because I didn’t know how to take care of them properly, so now I have my two, and I hope they stay with me for a long time, too. And I also had dogs. So I had two Labs.
I’m at the back of my throat, and it’s like North Dakota. It’s very back here, and that’s probably — they thought that was the cause of why my nodes, and because I force my speech. I don’t just let it flow. So, but it just kept getting worse and worse, the more I get, like, heckled for it, so, and that and, uh, my L’s are far back, and I go “ooooh” all the time, and if I want to do film and television, no one’s going to hire an American actor that goes, “Oooh, my God” all the time, so that type of stuff.
As, yeah, as me I do, and I don’t even notice it, but as soon as I pick up a script, it’s like I hear my, my, my teacher’s, mm, like, voice in the back of my head and I go “oh.” Like I try to … but then I feel like I’m also forcing. So in scripts, I feel like … it’s just ver- I’m just very self-conscious about it, which doesn’t help with acting. So I, it’s uh, been, uh, almost six months now, so I’m trying to get out of that.
TRANSCRIBED BY: John Fleming
DATE OF TRANSCRIPTION (DD/MM/YYYY): 11/11/2014
PHONETIC TRANSCRIPTION OF UNSCRIPTED SPEECH: N/A
TRANSCRIBED BY: N/A
DATE OF TRANSCRIPTION (DD/MM/YYYY): N/A
Note the heavy rhotic ‘r’ sounds at the end of syllables, heard in
Comma Gets a Cure in “work, north square, near,” etc., and in the unscripted speech in “birds, here,” etc.
The subject has “Canadian Raising” on the [aɪ] and [aʊ] diphthongs: When followed by a voiceless consonant, those two diphthongs are “raised” to [ʌɪ] and [ɛʊ], respectively. Listen for the [aɪ] shift in
Comma in “…more to her liking” and when you compare the two words “right side.” You can hear the [aʊ] shift in
Comma with “mouth” and “measure out,” where “out” pushes even further, almost to [ʊ], and in the unscripted speech with “get out of that.”
The [oʊ] diphthong is monophthongized (merged down to one sound). You can hear the [o] in
Comma in “stroked” and in the unscripted speech as she talks about “North Dakota, notice” and the back of her “throat.” Note that this doesn’t always shift completely – hear “flow” in the unscripted speech.
The [eɪ] is also monophthongized, but to a lesser degree than [oʊ]. You can hear the [eɪ] change in “face, made” in Comma.
The [u] phoneme has markedly more lip rounding, heard in
Comma Gets a Cure with the many instances of “goose” and in the unscripted speech in “do, soon.”
Final [t] sounds are often glotallized or dropped.
COMMENTARY BY: John Fleming
DATE OF COMMENTARY (DD/MM/YYYY): 14/08/2014
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