Semantic Effects of Topicality

  • Cornelia EndrissEmail author
Part of the Studies in Linguistics and Philosophy book series (SLAP, volume 86)


We have seen so far that certain indefinites can be marked as topical (cf. Chapter 2) and that exactly these indefinites allow for exceptional wide scope (cf. Chapter 4). In this chapter, I will relate these two observations to each other. I will give reasons why topical indefinites usually receive wide scope readings, i.e. genuine wide scope as opposed to apparent wide scope, as was discussed in Chapter 3. Furthermore, I will discuss other semantic effects of topicality.


Wide Scope Semantic Effect Narrow Scope Scope Reading Strong Interpretation 
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© Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of OsnabrückGermany

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