It was not a conscious decision but a fuzzy avoidance in hope that it might not need to happen. Unfortunately, my side-stepping of inferential statistics has been outed by my supervisors. They have unceremoniously yanked my head out of the sand I had snuggled it comfortably into.
So, now this unmathematical linguist must face means, standard deviations, and significant differences with conscientious and meticulous enthisiasm. Yay!