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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RE: Defending the evolving language
by Ikshaar on Fri 22nd Nov 2013 14:20 UTC in reply to "Defending the evolving language"
Ikshaar
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Fortunately for English, there is no central authority which tries to entomb the language and prevent it from catering to its speakers' needs. French and German are such examples, and those who are set on "preserving" these languages still wonder why English is increasingly used in popular culture. They try to use the force of law against this, not understanding that their beloved language will go extinct if it cannot adapt.


Put your tin foil back on please. The French Academy which I assume you are referring to, is not an omniscient controlling body. Nor does it pretend to be. It never stopped me or anyone else to say or use any word I want. It only tries to maintain a standard of what French language is. And contrary to your assumption, it is constantly adding and removing words as the language itself evolves.

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