because info

Ben Zimmer bgzimmer at GMAIL.COM
Sun Jan 5 17:42:13 UTC 2014

On Sun, Jan 5, 2014 at 9:46 AM, Baker, John <JBAKER at> wrote:
> I posted on "Because X" in 2011, which I believe was the first discussion of the
> phenomenon,
> Then there was a Language Log thread in 2012,
> When did it suddenly become apparent that "because" was so predominant in 2013?

In terms of metalinguistic commentary, John was certainly in the
vanguard. There was a flurry of interest in July 2012:

Laura Bailey, Linguist Laura, 7/2/12:

Gretchen McCulloch, All Things Linguistic: 7/5/12:

Mark Liberman, Language Log, 7/12/12:

...but then there wasn't much followup until Neal did his Grammar Girl script:

Neal Whitman, Grammar Girl, 10/18/13:

Stan Carey, Sentence First, 11/13/13:

Megan Garber, The Atlantic, 11/19/13:

Note that the recent coverage has followed Neal by calling "because" a
preposition. I refrained from calling it that in the WOTY press
release, and now Gretchen McCulloch provides an extensive argument
against treating the new "because" as a preposition:


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