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 fail.
by roblearns on Wed 20th Nov 2013 21:28 UTC
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"I mention all that ... because language. Because evolution. "

I love watching language evolve too, but I have to tell you, I needed you to explicitly explain that one to me, because 1, I've never heard it before, and because 2, it made no sense to me.

Now I need to get back to watching the eons pass, watching stars form and then eventually burn out - and other things us people that watch languages evolve also do.

No I'm not trying to make a point - maybe I think that languages evolve over a long period of time, and what we are observing is simply a change.

But then again, I'd use the word evolve, so maybe I'm typing like an angry keyboard warrior - because that's what we do on the internet.

Yeah, thats it.

Edited 2013-11-20 21:37 UTC

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