End of ADS-L Digest - 22 Oct 1994 to 23 Oct 1994 ************************************************ There are 20 messages totalling 527 lines in this issue. Topics of the day: 1. Help Stats&Nicaragua 2. Forty-eleven (2) 3. Overweening expressions (2) 4. Q: Mllions of Cats (6) 5. more bang for the buck 6. Yankee Dime and Dutch Quarter (2) 7. bang and bhang 8. offending idiot (3) 9. Distribution of positive "anymore" (2) ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Mon, 24 Oct 1994 00:39:09 -0400 From: Alberto Rey Subject: Help Stats&Nicaragua I have recently completed a research project on the social correlates of the variation of" you" subject pronouns in Nicaragua. The correlations that came out are quite unexpected, at least for me. It seems that in some social situations some social variables show a positive correlation for the usage of Usted, tu, AND vos, not more usage of one pronoun and less of another pronoun, as has been the case in other research that I've completed in Honduras and Colombia. For example, when speaking to male subordinates in the workplace, the more educated subjects used usted, vos, AND tu significantly more, hile less educated Ss used the three pronouns less. In the past studies it would be more like the Higher educated would use Usted more and Vos less, so the lesser educated Ss would use Usted less and Vos more. I hope this makes sense. I mean my dilema. If anyone out there can help me with the interpretatation of the statistics and/or the sociolinguistic situation in Nicaragua, I would be most appreciative. Thanks, Alberto Rey