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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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Sue does not topicalize "Korean Koreans" alone, but we co-construct this concept together.
We used lignocaine to topicalize the airway, which was an essential step in fibreoptic intubation of a spontaneously breathing anaesthetized patient.
3) The unremitting vulnerability of the male self-image that these writers and filmmakers topicalize, however, possesses a critical urgency because it necessarily has to dispense with the notions of coherence, constancy, and closure in the mediation of (gender) identities.
One possibility is to topicalize either the goal (9a) or theme argument (9b), putting one argument into a noncore slot.
The second difference is that German not only allows one to topicalize a complete DP, but also to topicalize only part of a DP.
Therefore, if we topicalize the theme object in such sentences, the remnant VP--even if it includes the subject--becomes infelicitous.