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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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Imagine a German topicalization of a phrase like einen Aufsatz ('a paper') in a sentence containing a quantificational adverb like frequently or several times.
A verb can assume the role of information focus in an indirect way, by the contrastive topicalization of an argument (which also implies the contrasting of the verb with its negated counterpart).
I will exclude cases of topicalization where the topicalized element is resumed in the sentence, that is, I will exclude cases of left-dislocation.
However, as Kornfilt herself suggests by recognizing an optional side to topicalization by movement to sentence-initial position, this appropriateness requirement on topics should not be taken in absolute terms.
Crucial characteristics of IP-headed structures are still absent at the RI stage as, for example, the V2 phenomenon and the topicalization of non-nominative NPs.
Wurmbrand analyzes VC-fronting as remnant topicalization.
In this research, I have been investigating the role of textual articulation in this process, which encompasses discourse relations (argument, counter-argument, reformulation, topicalization, time, comment, etc.
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.