On 8 May 2016 15:49, "Alex Fink" <[log in to unmask]> wrote: > > On Sun, 8 May 2016 03:15:39 -0400, Galen Buttitta < [log in to unmask]> wrote: > > >which then was generalized into a sense of genuineness, then finally into a > >definite marker. > > I was with you till here. How does a morphological operation meaning "a genuine N" come to be read as "that N, you know the one I mean"? Is there a sentence that allows both readings? another intermediate meaning? ... A: "I'm an admirer of Obama's beauty." B: "Huh? Michelle Obama?" A: "No, Obama Obama." That is, the echtest, most Obamaey Obama is the Obama we are most familiar with; the most prototypical is the most familiar. --And.