Hey all,
I'm conducting a quick survey on lexical variation for my intro ling
class, and I thought it would be interesting to survey conlangers, to
see if being a language enthusiast / very conscious of language has
any effect.

I would really appreciate your help here -- it'll only take a few
minutes. And rest assured that your data will be anonymized.

So it would be great if you could reply (and reply-all if you feel
like it, but I don't want to swamp the list with people's filled-out
surveys) and fill out the following. (I'll post any noteworthy results
for further discussion if there's interest.)

(adapted from the McGill Dialectology and Sociolinguistics Lab's
"North American Regional Vocabulary Survey")

Date of birth: 4/20/1995
Sex: M
Where do you currently live? (city, state/province, country) Pittsburgh, PA
Please list the places you've lived between age 4 and age 18, with the
most recent first: Pittsburgh, Southside VA, Budapest(but only for 1 year)
Occupation: Student
Highest level of education completed: 8th Grade
Ethnic heritage: Middle-class caucasian.

What is/are your native language(s)? English.

Roughly how many years have you been conlanging or studying linguistics? 3 years?

How many years ago did you first encounter / begin reading (not
necessarily join / begin posting on) an online conlanging community? 2 years

For each of the following items, please choose which word you use most
often, or put the word you do use if it's not a choice. Feel free to
leave comments if some aspect of your usage is noteworthy (eg if you

1. the metal device over a sink or bathtub that controls the flow of water:

2. the apparatus from which you'd get a drink of water in a public place:
water fountain

3. the device that firefighters attach their hoses to:
fire hydrant, 

4. the container in which you'd put water for washing the car or the floor:

5. a machine that performs banking services:

6. stuff you throw away:

7. the wheeled conveyance you put your groceries in while shopping:

8. a shallow pan for frying eggs or meat:
, frying pan, 

9. a piece of chocolate, 4-6 inches long:
 candy bar, 

10. a carbonated, non-alcoholic beverage, like Coke or Sprite:

11. cooking outside over a charcoal grill in the summertime:

12. a cold sandwich on a foot-long roll:

13. the sweet, creamy layer on top of a cake:

14. your main evening meal:
15. food picked up and taken home to eat:

16. an appliance on which you heat food in saucepans:

17. knives, forks, and spoons:
 silverware OR utensils: i use both

18. contact someone by telephone:

19. the toilet facilities in a public place:

20. athletic shoes worn with jeans as casual footwear:
, tennis shoes,

21. a sweatshirt with front pockets and a hood:

22. a piece of furniture that seats 3 people:

23. a piece of furniture with drawers for socks, underwear, etc.:
chest (of drawers), 

24. the last letter of the alphabet:
, zee

25. the place where you pay for something in a store:
"Define 'cynical'."-M. Mudd

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Subject: [YAEUT] Lexical variation survey

Thanks so much for participating!