Date: Tue, 30 Nov 1993 19:34:00 EST From: "Dennis.Preston" <22709MGR[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]MSU.BITNET> Subject: Re: Half Past the Hour A grad student of mine is currently eliciting responses to requests with an eye towards half-past and quarter to (and after). She will also check on the respondent's timepiece configurationm (digital versus nondigital), and she we accuracy (e.g., What time is it exactly? I need to set my watch?) to see what influence different time tolerances have on the type of response. This research will be reported on next week, and I'll try to post a summary to you. (It will not, of course, deal with regional variation except to the extent that the responses will be all taken from young Michiganders.) Dennis Preston