Date: Tue, 30 Nov 1993 09:02:36 -0500 From: "William A. Kretzschmar, Jr." Subject: Re: Half Past the Hour In the LAMSAS data, _half after_ occurs in only 82 of 483 communities; _half past_ occurs in 435 of 483 communities. According to our spatial autocorrelation statistic, neither one is significantly clustered at the p<.01 level we prefer (though p < .03 for _half after_, and its number of occurrences is at the lower end of what is possible for the SA statistic, so it is reasonable to say that it may well actually be clustered). Observation of a plot of _half after_ suggests that in is Midland and Southern, with scattered occurrences in northern urban centers and upstate NY. _xxx-thirty_ patterns in the LAMSAS data in South Carolina and Upstate New York---it is a classic example of what we call a "McDavid distribution", because Raven recorded the _xxx-thirty_ response when he heard it but Guy Lowman didn't bother to write it down. That's the facts, Natalie, from the 1930s and 40s. ****************************************************************************** Bill Kretzschmar Phone: 706-542-2246 Dept. of English FAX: 706-542-2181 University of Georgia Internet: billk[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] Athens, GA 30602-6205 Bitnet: wakjengl[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]uga