Date: Fri, 3 Dec 1993 04:27:51 -0500 From: "E.W. Schneider" Subject: (Fwd) Re: quarter of ------- Forwarded Message Follows ------- From: Self To: debaron[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] Subject: Re: quarter of Date: Thu, 2 Dec 1993 09:38:37 Any typologists out there? I cannot join the discussion on English quarter of`s and half past`s, but it might be interesting to popint out we have exactly the same variation in German: 6.15 is "viertel nach 6/quarter past 6" to some but "viertel 7 / quarter seven" to others, and 6.45 is "viertel vor 7" to my wife but "3/4 7/three quarters seven" to me - it is clearly regionally distributed, but don`t ask me how (we grew up some 50 miles apart). However, 6.30 is always "halb 7", if I see that correctly, never something like "halb nach 6". Incidentally, there is a conventional way of avoiding an overly exact time reference or temporal commtiment by leaving out the hour - something like "When will you be back?" - "Half past". Does this sound familiar? Having written this at half past, while you folks in the western hemisphere are proably sleeping, or whatever, Edgar Edgar W. Schneider ewschnei[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] University of Regensburg, 93040 Regensburg, Germany phone (int. line)-49-941-9433470 fax (int. line)-49-941-9434992