Wisconsin 11

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BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

AGE: 48

DATE OF BIRTH (DD/MM/YYYY): 26/08/1970

PLACE OF BIRTH: Milwaukee, Wisconsin

GENDER: female

ETHNICITY: Caucasian

OCCUPATION: nurse practitioner

EDUCATION: master’s degree

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

Though the subject was in Michigan when she was interviewed, she has never lived outside Wisconsin for more than six months.

OTHER INFLUENCES ON SPEECH:

The speaker’s parents are from Iowa.

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RECORDED BY: Deric McNish

DATE OF RECORDING (DD/MM/YYYY): 25/03/2019

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

ORTHOGRAPHIC TRANSCRIPTION OF UNSCRIPTED SPEECH:

So I grew up in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, and I spent a lot of my time outside, playing ball. Um, in high school I played basketball and volleyball and kept myself very busy that way. Um, I hung alout- hung out a lot with my sister. Um, I lived in a small, ranch-style home about three blocks from the school where I went. Um, we had a dog named Tanner. He was an English Cocker Spaniel. …

At night, well, I would say we went bowling. We, um, went to Wisconsin Skate University and went roller-skating a lot. Um, we played kick the can. Uh, kick the can is a game that you play at night with a group of kids, and you set a can out on your front porch and someone has to maintain that — it’s kinda like the goal — and then all the kids hide and you have to try to secretly get in behind the person who’s “it,” and you have to kick the can off the porch. … Tag was tag, pretty much the same thing. Played football in the street a lot, um, played basketball. There’s a big playground there now, so we’ve taken the kids there and shown them where I went to school. Looks pretty much the same, some modernization of the school, but otherwise it’s very similar the way it was. …

[Subject is asked about her favorite food.] I would have to stay with, um, pizza, even though it’s not really known for pizza — that’s my favorite thing to eat in town, is pizza, or Mexican food. Those would be my two favorites. We’re definitely more known for, um, German food: uh, brats and Polish sausage and such, but that’s not really my thing. …

[Subject is asked about the weather in Wisconsin.] Probably very similar to how it is here in Michigan. Um, winters are cold, snowy; um, falls are full of color and nice springs and nice summers.

TRANSCRIBED BY: Mia Taylor (under supervision of Deric McNish)

DATE OF TRANSCRIPTION (DD/MM/YYYY): 08/04/2019

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