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Quantificational Topics

A Scopal Treatment of Exceptional Wide Scope Phenomena


  • Provides a comprehensive, detailed and lucid survey of previous approaches to the problem of exceptional wide scope, a major topic in formal semantics

  • The author’s carefully motivated and explicated approach defines new standards of argumentation and theory building in a notoriously vague field


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

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XI
  2. Cornelia Endriss
    Pages 1-17
  3. Cornelia Endriss
    Pages 19-56
  4. Cornelia Endriss
    Pages 57-106
  5. Cornelia Endriss
    Pages 107-185
  6. Cornelia Endriss
    Pages 187-211
  7. Cornelia Endriss
    Pages 213-269
  8. Cornelia Endriss
    Pages 271-279
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 281-306

About this book


Addressing an issue that has puzzled the linguistics community for many years, this book offers a novel approach to the exceptional wide scope behaviour of indefinites. It is the first book explicitly dedicated to exceptional wide scope phenomena. Its unique approach offers an explanation for the fact that it is only a proper subset of the indefinites that shows this exceptional wide scope behaviour.

The author draws a careful distinction between genuine and apparent scope readings, a distinction that is usually not taken care of and has thus led to certain confusions. In particular, it is argued that functional readings have to be kept strictly apart from non-functional ones and that all proposals that use functional mechanisms to explain the phenomena at hand face severe problems.

The existing body of literature on the main issues of the book is thoroughly reviewed. This makes the book well suited as background literature for graduate seminars on those topics.


Behaviour Indefinites Index Readings Skolem function quantifiers semantic semantics subject syntactic

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of OsnabrückGermany

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Quantificational Topics
  • Book Subtitle A Scopal Treatment of Exceptional Wide Scope Phenomena
  • Authors Cornelia Ebert
  • Series Title Studies in Linguistics and Philosophy
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Netherlands 2009
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-90-481-2302-5
  • Softcover ISBN 978-90-481-8488-0
  • eBook ISBN 978-90-481-2303-2
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XII, 306
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Semantics
    Theoretical Linguistics
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