"Strong" Indefiniteness and Topicality

  • Umut Özge

Abstract

The paper addresses the relation between “strong” or presuppositional readings of indefinite noun phrases and the notion of topicality in its sentential and discourse-level formulations. Previous discussions of the issue were generally based on the interpretative properties of indefinite noun phrases at positions associated with topicality (e.g. subject of an individual-level predicate, within the antecedent of a conditional). The paper aims to contribute to the debate with data from Turkish, which overtly marks “strong” indefiniteness at a position generally associated with focus rather than topic. It is argued on the basis of Turkish data that “strong” indefiniteness and topicality should be kept distinct.
How to Cite
Özge, U. (1). "Strong" Indefiniteness and Topicality. Proceedings of Sinn Und Bedeutung, 17, 399-408. Retrieved from https://ojs.ub.uni-konstanz.de/sub/index.php/sub/article/view/352