Date: Tue, 30 Nov 1993 13:47:07 -0500 From: "William A. Kretzschmar, Jr." Subject: Re: Quarter to/till/of the Hour For the record, LAMSAS records show that each of these three variants occurs in about half the LAMSAS communities, and each is significantly clustered according to the spatial autocorrelation statistic. Observation of a plot (I can make a plot in about 60 seconds with the LAMSASplot program I wrote, provided that we have completed the database for the question wanted; the LAMSASplot program requires a Mac with 13" screen, and you can have it free) _quarter till_ is a Midland and Southern item, with heaviest concentration in West Virginia; _quarter to_ has a rather curious distribution, with concentrations in eastern Virginia and eastern North Carolina, but also the Inland North and the coastal South; _quarter of_ occurs north of the Mason Dixon line, but with many scattered occurrences in the Appalachians and Upland South. We also have responses with "15" and "45", but I have not plotted them. ****************************************************************************** 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