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  • 1 Olasz Nyelv és Irodalom Tanszék, Romanisztika Intézet Bölcsészettudományi Kar, Eötvös Loránd Tudományegyetem Múzeum krt. 4/c, H-1088 Budapest
  • 2 Olasz Nyelv és Irodalom Tanszék, Romanisztika Intézet, Bölcsészettudományi Kar, Eötvös Loránd Tudományegyetem Múzeum krt. 4/c, H-1088 Budapest
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This paper proposes an explanation of the apparent scope inversion attested in sentences pronounced with a rise fall intonation contour. It argues that a left-peripheral quantifier pronounced with a (fall-)rise is in topic position (Spec,TopP). A topic phrase must refer to an individual already present in the domain of discourse-that which will be predicated about in the sentence. Non-individual-denoting expressions, among them quantifiers, can also be made suitable for the topic role if they are assumed to denote a property which the rest of the sentence predicates some higher-order property about. A quantifier functioning as a contrastive topic denotes a property of plural individuals, and its apparent narrow scope arises from the fact that it is considered to be a predicate over a variable inherent in the lexical representation of the verb.

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