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n. Linguistics
The placement of the topic at the beginning of a sentence, as in That movie, you couldn't pay me to see.

top′i·cal·ize′ v.
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Verb1.topicalize - emphasize by putting heavy stress on or by moving to the front of the sentencetopicalize - emphasize by putting heavy stress on or by moving to the front of the sentence; "Speakers topicalize more often than they realize"; "The object of the sentence is topicalized in what linguists call `Yiddish Movement'"
linguistics - the scientific study of language
accent, accentuate, emphasize, stress, punctuate, emphasise - to stress, single out as important; "Dr. Jones emphasizes exercise in addition to a change in diet"
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After adequate topicalisation, the patient's anxiety and gag reflex were further reduced by a low dose remifentanil target-controlled infusion up to 1 ng/ml.
What I find revealing is the fact that, whereas in sentences with single, non-coordinate subjects, topicalisation of NP objects--with or without subject inversion--was very common in Old English, the incidence of topicalised objects in sentences with complex, coordinate subjects is very low (only 16 instances in the whole corpus).
Irina Nikolaeva believes that the use of the definite conjugation in Ob-Ugric languages is related to topicalisation (focusation) and is similar to the respective use in Samoyedic (Nikolaeva 2001 : 456-471; see also below in 4).
On remarquera que la topicalisation des complements de temps indiquant la duree n'est pas possible, comme on peut le voir ci-dessous dans les phrases a et b, et que ces complements ne se trouvent jamais en position pre-verbale, comme l'indiquent les phrases c et d:
In Topicalisation et focalisation dans les langues africaines, Bernard Caron (ed.
After explanation to the patient of the procedure and airway topicalisation, flexible fibreoptic laryngoscopy was performed, showing anteromedial subluxation of the right arytenoid cartilage associated with overlying oedema, and slight shortening of the right aryepiglottic fold.
Something may be marked as object by case morphemes, clitics, postpositions, word order or some formative of topicalisation.