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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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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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It is because the text topicalises Segolene Royal that one is able to interpret such anaphora as coreferential with the initial term.
This would be normal usage if both rtedi 'back/top surface' and the free pronoun nganggu 'you and me' were external to the verb, but in this text, rtedi is incorporated into the verb, and the topicaliser =ga, which encliticises nganggu, topicalises the whole of the verb phrase onto which nganggu is tacked.