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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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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.
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.
What makes the interpretative difference between a topicalised element and a wh-expression lies in the degree of their lexically determined denotational (under)specification.
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.
Furthermore, this proposal would require a realignment of the current position regarding the allocation of Focus and Topic constituents to positions in the clause: the focused subact of a discourse act could, for example, be placed in the PrCS-equivalent position (as in examples (21), (22), (31), (32)), while subacts with Topic function (in those languages which where topicalised elements have some overt reflex of their status in the grammar) would frequently end up mapping on to the core-initial position where this is the default for Subject/PSA.
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.