because N(P) -structure

markus.hamunen at markus.hamunen at
Sun Oct 5 18:24:30 UTC 2014

Dear Colleagues,

many of you might have heard (or see) this relatively
new because N expression, e.g.
"A thousand vague fancies oppressed and disconcerted me-fancies the  
more distressing [because vague]."

Now, I was wondering, if there is any (proper) research done on this  
phenomenon in English or any other
language (more than what is behind above mentioned link). I am asking  
because a student:
she has found several parallel examples from conversations in Finnish  
social media, e.g.
A: oispa tosi kiva päästä jo nukkumaan, muttei pääse [koska taapero].
    'It would be really nice to go bed already, but I won't because baby'
B:  Ei pääse, [koska naapurissa ryyppybileet].
     'I won't go (neither) because party in the neighbours'

She will do her MA-thesis on this topic, and all potential references would be

With best,
Markus Hamunen
University Instructor
University of Tampere (Finland)

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