DIRECT AND INDIRECT ABOUTNESS TOPICS

Autor(en): Endriss, Cornelia
Hinterwimmer, Stefan 
Stichwörter: aboutness topics; indefinites; Language & Linguistics; left-dislocation; Linguistics; NATURAL-LANGUAGE; quantificational variability effects; wide scope
Erscheinungsdatum: 2008
Herausgeber: SPRINGER
Journal: ACTA LINGUISTICA HUNGARICA
Volumen: 55
Ausgabe: 3-4
Startseite: 297
Seitenende: 307
Zusammenfassung: 
We propose a definition of aboutness topicality that not only encompasses individual denoting DPs, but also indefinites. We concentrate on the interpretative effects of marking indefinites as topics: they either receive widest scope in their clause, or they are interpreted in the restrictor of an overt or covert Q-adverb. We show that in the first case they are direct aboutness topics insofar as they are the subject of a predication expressed by the comment, while in the second case they are indirect aboutness topics: they define the subject of a higher-order predication-namely the set of situations that the respective Q-adverb quantifies over.
ISSN: 12168076
DOI: 10.1556/ALing.55.2008.3-4.5

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