LINGUIST List 26.2700

Mon Jun 01 2015

Qs: Master's Thesis Survey on an Internet Language Fad

Editor for this issue: Anna White <>

Date: 31-May-2015
From: Stephanie Walla <>
Subject: Master's Thesis Survey on an Internet Language Fad
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If you have a moment please consider participating in a Google Form survey. The data from this study will be used towards my master's thesis and is one part of larger exploration on language change and language fads.

Most language fads are in the form of new words, vowel removal ('text' becomes 'txt'), or acronyms, but recently the Internet has influenced a new way of using an old connecting word: because. This new use is called ‘Because, X’ and it has become so popular it was named the American Dialect Society’s word of the year for 2013. An example of ‘Because, X’ would be the sentence, “I can’t go to the party because, homework” instead of either, “I can’t go to the party because I have homework,” or “I can’t go to the party because of my homework”.

The survey should take about 10-15 minutes to complete. Here is a link to survey:

This survey is voluntary and you may end your participation at any time by leaving the study. If you leave the study your responses will not be used in the overall results.
Thank you for your participation!

Stephanie Walla

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
                            General Linguistics

Subject Language(s): English (eng)

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