What about edits that change the wording, or alter the writing style without changing the underlying meaning?
I would say that changing the writing style (or wording) is not itself a reason for an edit to be inappropriate. But it's not a reason to edit either. Yes, if a question is outright unclear because of the writing style, go ahead and fix that, but if it is perfectly understandable and you simply don't like the style, leave it alone.
Another point, what about edits that alter the intent or emphasis of the post?
This I'd be more wary of because the choice of emphasis in a post can be a reflection of an author's intent. For example, there are cases where a perfectly valid answer already exists on a question, but I don't feel that it emphasizes the right point, so I post another answer that does emphasize what I think is the important part. If the choice of emphasis is a valid reason to post an entirely separate answer, it follows that altering the choice of emphasis could change an answer from one that represents the OP's intent to one that does not.