Tom (goliard) wrote in linguaphiles,
Tom
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"Equative possession"?

"The city of Rome" means not the city belonging to Rome, but the city that is Rome. Is there a term for this use of the possessive? Why do many languages use their possessive constructions for this non-possessive meaning? Are there languages in which it's ungrammatical to do this?
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