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Conclusion

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

Abstract

Exceptional wide scope is a consequence of the correct treatment of topical quantifiers. This book sought to explain the exceptional wide scope behavior of certain kinds of quantifiers (among which I count the indefinites) on the basis of their topical status. My central claim was the following: topical quantifiers necessarily take wide scope. This wide scope interpretation is a direct consequence of the correct treatment of topicality. Roughly speaking, a topic needs to be established first so that it can be talked about afterwards. Disregarding nested topic-comment structures for the moment, this explains the frequent observation that topics tend to take wide scope. Topicality is understood as aboutness topicality in the sense of Reinhart (1981)

Keywords

Wide Scope Lexical Semantic Scope Reading Topical Status Wide Scope Reading 
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© Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of OsnabrückGermany

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