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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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So, the element that is fronted or topicalised is given prominence in the information structure of the sentence.
For example, in Los (2012), it is noted that verb-second allows the first position in the OE clause to be occupied by topicalised lexical items like adverbs or demonstratives for the purpose of discourse-referencing.
As I have already mentioned, the communication of occupiers' views on these subjects is highly structured and topicalised by UK Uncut's directive for the occupation, not to mention the restrictive 140-character form of the tweet.
Quantum physics, the chemistry of dissipated states, and the sciences of complex systems, each in their own ways, have topicalised situations in which matter behaves in unpredictable ways.
However, it should be noted that the Balinese sentence is not a structure with a topicalised fronted object.
The big difference here is that Mandela is topicalised by the former South African president's recent death and validated by post-war and contemporary TV new bulletins, not a 19th century book.
In order to answer our second research question (the impact of teachers' focusing on lexically-oriented FFEs on learners' noticing), we operalionalized learners' noticing by tracing words learners reported having learnt after each lesson with topicalised words in FFEs.
The patient's airway was topicalised with 7 mg/kg nebulised lignocaine and successfully intubated with a 7.0 mm reinforced endotracheal tube.
I have found conclusive evidence from three different sides of the phenomenon under discussion: the semantics of the elements involved in split coordination, the possibility of establishing internal subdivisions/groupings within coordinate split structures, and the difficult coexistence of phrasal coordinate subjects with topicalised NP objects in the same clause.
This author states that the difference between deixis and anaphora does not depend solely on the situational or textual origin of reference, but rather on the ability of deixis (including text deixis) to bring into the attention-focus entities which were not in-focus, and on the property of anaphora to refer to already topicalised discourse units.