The speaker is a 72-year-old White woman with a grade school education from Palmer, Alaska; she was recorded in 1968.
|Inf: You know, I have what you call a defective speech.
FW: Have you?
Inf: At-, oh yes, mm-, from, uh, I had that since I had the stroke.
FW: Have you really? Well I wouldn???t say so. You certainly don???t sound so. You???ve been talking very [Inf: Yeah-] naturally to me.
Inf: Yeah, I know. But, but eh, but, eh, when it comes to anything like that, then if it???s anything t-, to read [FW: Mm-hmm] out like that, then I???m stuck. Now I won???t take any office in any of the lodges that I???m in, just what I tell ???em, I???m, I???m very sensitive about my, uh, my defective speech.
FW: You had a stroke recently? No.
Inf: No. It was more, when I had the polio. I never recovered that.
FW: Oh, way back, you mean from your childhood?
FW: When you were two years old?
Inf: Yeah. It, it, I???ve never overcome it. They, they worked on me there, golly, my sisters worked on me and my mother worked on me, and my dad work-, worked on me. And I had an uncle that, that was a schoolteacher and he worked on me.
FW: But what I must say, I haven???t noticed any defect in your speech. You mean to say that you just feel, uh, uncertain [Inf: Well, uh] about it?
Inf: Uh, uncertain about it and und-, uh, and when it comes to pronouncing, you know [FW: Mm-hmm] certain words, I can???t do it [FW: Well] and that???s why I???m ashamed of it [FW: Uh]. You know I won???t, uh???
FW: Everybody has difficulty with a few words [Inf: I uh-]. There???s two or three words I can???t say right.
Inf: Yeah, well I, I uh, no, I???ve been that way. I, it???s like I say, the lodges they-, they been after me and after me and after me and wanted me to, to be an officer in the lodges, but I won???t [FW: Mm-hmm].