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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? ...

Alex