Poster Title

The Grammaticalization of "because" in Standard English

Affiliated Department

Linguistics Program

Keywords

Grammatcialization, Because, Preposition, Diachronic

Document Type

Event

Streaming Media

Abstract

This diachronic investigation of because has its genesis in recent usage developments which deserve scrutiny. Leading up to its naming as the American Dialect Society’s 2013 “Word of the Year,” it was popularly considered, recently by McCulloch (2014) as a subordinating conjunction; alternately it is given as a subordinating preposition (Lobeck and Denham, 2013). Corpora study shows grammaticalization at all levels of linguistic analysis, and show unidirectionality in its clines. Compelling evidence of grammaticalization is detailed in morphophonological, semantic-pragmatic, and syntactic domains.

Comments

This presentation was part of the Linguistics Program at the Scholars Week 2017 Symposium, held on Wednesday, May 17 at 4:00 p.m. in Bond Hall 217 at Western Washington University.

Rights

Copying of this presentation in whole or in part is allowable only for scholarly purposes. It is understood, however, that any copying or publication of this presentation for commercial purposes, or for financial gain, shall not be allowed without the author's written permission.

Language

English

Format

video/mp4

 

The Grammaticalization of "because" in Standard English

Linguistics Program

This diachronic investigation of because has its genesis in recent usage developments which deserve scrutiny. Leading up to its naming as the American Dialect Society’s 2013 “Word of the Year,” it was popularly considered, recently by McCulloch (2014) as a subordinating conjunction; alternately it is given as a subordinating preposition (Lobeck and Denham, 2013). Corpora study shows grammaticalization at all levels of linguistic analysis, and show unidirectionality in its clines. Compelling evidence of grammaticalization is detailed in morphophonological, semantic-pragmatic, and syntactic domains.