Syria 4

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BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

AGE: 30

DATE OF BIRTH (DD/MM/YYYY): 07/06/1990

PLACE OF BIRTH: Al-Hasakah, Syria

GENDER: male

ETHNICITY: Kurdish

OCCUPATION: student

EDUCATION: bachelor of arts degree in English and American studies

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

The subject lived in northern Iraq for five years and, at the time of this recording, had been living Germany for three years.

OTHER INFLUENCES ON SPEECH:

He is a Kurdish native speaker and has studied English, American studies, and journalism. The subject says his accent of English is more American than British, which he attributes to his association with his American friends and his interest in American movies and media.

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RECORDED BY: subject

DATE OF RECORDING (DD/MM/YYYY): 09/11/2020

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 was born in Syria, in the province of Al-Hasakah. At the age of 18, I started my studies at the University of Damascus. In 2012, I have moved to the city of Erbil in Iraq Kurdistan region. In 2017, however, I have moved to Germany. And I am currently studying English and American studies at the University of Augsburg.

I think what really affected my pronunciation was my mother tongue, Kurdish. In the Kurdish language, you have more vowels than the Arabic language, which made it easier for me to properly pronounce words in other languages that I’ve acquired. We also have many other sounds in Kurdish which you cannot find, for instance, in the Arabic language. For example, the letter “P.” As you do not have the sound P in Arabic, it is so hard for an Arabic native speaker to pronounce it properly.

As you can realize, my accent is more American than British. And that is because I had many American friends and I was influenced by the American media and movies, as most of them where in an American accent.

TRANSCRIBED BY: subject

DATE OF TRANSCRIPTION (DD/MM/YYYY): 09/11/2020

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