because info

Tom Zurinskas truespel at HOTMAIL.COM
Tue Jan 7 00:00:24 UTC 2014

I'm not familiar with "because x".  I've never seen this structure before.   I think it's bad grammar and don't like it.  How was it chosen WOTY?  What were the other words?  So does this mean that ADS legitimates and applauds it's use.  Because very bad.

Tom Zurinskas, Conn 20 yrs, Tenn 3, NJ 33, now Fl 9.
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> Date: Mon, 6 Jan 2014 13:49:33 -0500
> From: bgzimmer at GMAIL.COM
> Subject: Re: because info
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> Poster:       Ben Zimmer <bgzimmer at GMAIL.COM>
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> On Mon, Jan 6, 2014 at 11:55 AM, Neal Whitman wrote:
> >
> > Regarding my stance on the POS for "because", I didn't claim in the
> > Grammar Girl piece that it was a preposition; she wrote the title
> > herself, "'Because' as a preposition," presumably because she figured
> > this would be a likely phrase for people to be searching for. My own
> > opinion is based on reading the arguments in CGEL for its overall POS
> > system: "Because" has always been a preposition, one that takes a
> > clausal complement. This is how CGEL classifies just about all of what
> > are traditionally called subordinating conjunctions, except for the
> > complementizers "that", "if", and "whether". So when "because" takes an
> > NP complement, it is indeed a preposition, but just one that now can
> > take one more kind of complement (like a verb that can take a
> > "that"-clause gaining the ability to take an NP or PP complement).
> > However, I did not put this opinion in the GG piece; there, I stuck with
> > calling it a subordinating conjunction, and calling "because of" a
> > compound preposition, and staying theory-neutral by referring to the
> > innovative construction as "because NOUN".
> Sorry to misattribute the "preposition" label to Neal rather than to
> GG -- I know how headlines can often be out of the writer's control.
> [,,,]
> >
> > The new usage of "because" I would probably now call "because X," to
> > recognize the non-NP complements that Gretchen McCullough and
> [sic: it's McCulloch]
> > Stan Carey note that it takes, and again refrain from calling it a preposition.
> Some interesting discussion going on at Gretchen's blog, including
> Neal's suggestion that we consider the complements of new "because" to
> be "non-sentential standalone utterances." Gretchen had called them
> "interjectional complements," but that might not quite capture it. (I
> agree with her that regardless or part of speech, the complements seem
> to have interjectional force in online contexts, and their use as
> Tumblr tags / Twitter hashtags is evidence of that.)
> --bgz
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> Ben Zimmer
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