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Andreas Johansson wrote:

> I seem to recall something about adjective+noun constructions got replaced by
> nominalized adjective+noun (eg "the big (one), the stone"), which was then
> reanalyzed back into adjective+noun, but retaining the two instances of the
> article. This'd also explain the difference 'tween the "weak" and "strong"
> forms of adjectives (also seen in German, which doesn't do double articles).
>
> Daniel Andreasson presumeably knows better.

Haha. I'm flattered, but I have actually no idea. I'll pass it on to
BPJ. :)

Daniel Andreasson