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Query Details

Query Subject:   Socioeconomic/Geographic Lexical Survey (U.S.A)
Author:   Tino Bratbo
Submitter Email:  click here to access email

Linguistic LingField(s):  Historical Linguistics
Anthropological Linguistics

Query:   I am an undergraduate linguistics student at Boston University, conducting a
preliminary research project. The project concerns the ethnic, socioeconomic
and geographic distribution of the word ''biddie'' (alternately ''biddy''), and the
variability of use and definition based on this distribution. I am looking for
more data to make a more comprehensive comparison. Data from any and all
is greatly appreciated. I can be contacted at tbratbo@bu.edu. Below is the
appropriate survey.

1. Age:
2. Level of education:
3. Ethnicity with which you identify:
3. Socioeconomic status (working, middle, upper class):
4. State you grew up in:
5. State in which you currently reside:
7. Have you heard the term “biddie” (alternately “biddy”)?
8. If so, what is your definition?
9. If so, where did you first hear it?
10. If so, how often do you use it (never, sometimes, regularly)?
11. If so, who do you use the term with?
12. Where you do you think the term might have come from?
LL Issue: 23.1808
Date posted: 09-Apr-2012


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