topicalization

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top·i·cal·i·za·tion

 (tŏp′ĭ-kə-lĭ-zā′shən)
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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Noun1.topicalization - (linguistics) emphasis placed on the topic or focus of a sentence by preposing it to the beginning of the sentencetopicalization - (linguistics) emphasis placed on the topic or focus of a sentence by preposing it to the beginning of the sentence; placing the topic at the beginning of the sentence is typical for English; "`Those girls, they giggle when they see me' and `Cigarettes, you couldn't pay me to smoke them' are examples of topicalization"
linguistics - the scientific study of language
emphasis - special and significant stress by means of position or repetition e.g.
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