Overlapping reference

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Overlapping reference is situation where two referring expressions are not disjoint in reference, but not strictly coreferential either.


the ill-formed idiom *we lost my way requires we and my to be strictly co-referential (cf. I lost my way), but we and my only have an overlapping reference, hence the ill-formedness.


Utrecht Lexicon of Linguistics


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