Revistes Catalanes amb Accés Obert (RACO)

Los informantes en las encuestas de variación léxica

Antonio Ruiz Tinoco


This research analyzes some of the characteristics of the informants of the Varilex Project on Spanish lexical variation. Our informants are middle class, male and female, young and old, and live in urban Spanish-speaking areas of the world. A database which is accessible by Internet was created so data can be easily analyzed and shared. Our data shows that there is not a major quantitative difference in the total variational lexicon used by males and females, both young and old. However, we found some differences in certain semantic fields. We have also found that, regardless of sex, age, or city, more than half of the informants gave us 1.2 answers as average for every question. The number of answers for the other informants increased gradually, reaching in some cases, more than 5 as average. This phenomenon can influence the methodology of the questionnaires and must be more thoroughly analyzed.

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