Central question: is the choice of try to- vs. try
and-constructions (I’m gonna try to fix this problem
vs. I’m gonna try and fix this problem, which is in the column
TRY) dependent in some way on the following 3 predictors
and all their interactions:
MODE: whether the data represent spoken (spk) or written (wrt) English;
VARIETY: whether the data represent American (amer) or British English (brit);
CLAUSE: does the clause in which try is used with to or and already involve another to (as in we’re going -> to <- try and beat this thing) or not (other)?
(Source: Hommerberg, Charlotte & Gunnel Tottie. 2007. Try to or Try and? Verb complementation in British and American English. ICAME Journal 31. 45-64.)
Analyze the data like we discussed and summarize the results (briefly).
rm(list=ls(all.names=TRUE)) summary(x <- read.delim( # summarize x, the result of loading file="105_11d_try-corp.csv", # this file stringsAsFactors=TRUE)) # change categorical variables into factors
## CASE TRY VARIETY MODE CLAUSE ## Min. : 1 and:1631 amer:1187 spk:2257 other:1662 ## 1st Qu.: 808 to :1598 brit:2042 wrt: 972 to :1567 ## Median :1615 ## Mean :1615 ## 3rd Qu.:2422 ## Max. :3229