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Linguistic Inquiry

Summer 2000, Vol. 31, No. 3, Pages 513-539
(doi: 10.1162/002438900554424)
© 2000 Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Weak Crossover as a Scope Phenomenon
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This article investigates the proper characterization of the condition that is responsible for weak crossover effects. It argues that the relevant condition belongs to scope theory and that weak crossover arises from the way in which scope is determined in syntax. This implies that weak crossover can occur whenever an operator must take scope over a pronoun, even when the pronoun and the operator are not coindexed and the intended interpretation of the pronoun is not as a variable bound by the operator. It also implies that, when an operator is for some reason assigned scope in an exceptional manner and escapes the usual syntactic restrictions on scope assignment, bound variable licensing will be exceptionally allowed as well.