Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 19th Nov 2013 23:26 UTC
Internet & Networking

The word "because," in standard English usage, is a subordinating conjunction, which means that it connects two parts of a sentence in which one (the subordinate) explains the other. In that capacity, "because" has two distinct forms. It can be followed either by a finite clause (I'm reading this because [I saw it on the web]) or by a prepositional phrase (I'm reading this because [of the web]). These two forms are, traditionally, the only ones to which "because" lends itself.

I mention all that ... because language. Because evolution. Because there is another way to use "because." Linguists are calling it the "prepositional-because." Or the "because-noun."

I'm a sucker for this kind of stuff. This is language changing before our very eyes - and thanks to the internet, it happens out in the open, in an easy documentable way, and at an incredibly fast pace.

Technology leaves nothing untouched.

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because âof'
by theosib on Wed 20th Nov 2013 19:00 UTC
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Other commenters on the original article have reflected my own thoughts on the matter: This is just people dropping ‘of’ from ‘because of’. In that context, ‘because’ is not a new preposition; rather, a contraction has occurred.

That being said, if this trend continues (and I don’t see why not), then children will generalize it to fit all of the attributes of a preposition, and it will be correct to analyze it that way,

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