Sheidlower in NY Times

Mai Kuha mkuha at BSUVC.BSU.EDU
Sat Aug 19 17:06:33 UTC 2000

> > (But surely not for the *young* Michael Palin? Seems to me he's become
> > much more interesting with age.
> > mk)
> I think you've just insulted Jesse!
> Lynne

Er, well, let me try this: I haven't, because of a crucial distinction in
definiteness expressed by the determiners involved. In using the phrase "a
young Michael Palin", the author asked us to imagine a set of similar but,
crucially, nonidentical individuals. I suggested that "the young Michael
Palin", the individual who is a specific reference point for this
prototypical set, had the quality of being eminently unremarkable, a
quality not necessarily shared by *any* of the other individuals in the
set, as per prototype theory.
Mai Kuha                  mkuha at
Department of English     (765) 285-8410
Ball State University

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