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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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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"
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emphasis - special and significant stress by means of position or repetition e.g.
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Among their topics are critical freezing in small clauses and the cartography of copular constructions, the freezing points of the (Dutch) adjectival system, freezing: between grammar and processing, heavy noun-phrase shift in context: on the interaction of information structure and sub-extraction from shifted constituents, and an experimental study on freezing and topicalization in English.
Laryngotracheal topicalization with lidocaine before intubation decreases the incidence of coughing on emergence from general anesthesia.
In a later work, Emonds identifies a series of transformations that can be applied in embedded contexts such as topicalization and negative preposing in English (2004).
Second, topicalization was found to have been used to introduce new characters, ideas, events, objects, etc.
Cunningham, "Fiberoptic Endotracheal Intubation after Topicalization with In-Circuit Nebulized Lidocaine in a Child with a Difficult Airway," Anesthesia & Analgesia, vol.
We did not use the particle -wa for the subject, because topicalization with -wa had differential effects other than scrambling.
The evidence that I present for the above-cited linearization process is relative to the failure of accusative Case valuation on the object of both English topicalization structures (see (4a)) and of Spanish subordinate structures whose matrix verb does not value accusative (see (4b)).
The final chapter, 9, is a traditional presentation of elements of syntax: noun modification, verbless clauses, verbal clauses, topicalization ("Pendenskonstruktion"), agreement, coordination, and subordinate clauses.
It describes discourse and utterance acts ('enonciation'), including topicalization, focalization, and thematization.
Form and context, as elements that regulate this type of communication, have the following attributes: form is focused on the vehiculated content by means of question and topicalization proper to the question and to the language used, which can identify and define the problem in the context it takes place.
In general, the assignment of features to heads (EPP, Wh-, phi-features, Edge Features, features triggering scrambling, topicalization, etc.) is one of the most controversial issues in MGG, since such features more often than not are mere artefacts to accommodate a particular analysis.