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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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If the discourse instantiation hypothesis is correct, then in split topicalizations the perceiver should encounter difficulty at the determiner if a singular (ein Buch 'a book') occurred in initial position.
To further test the discourse instantiation hypothesis, Experiment 3 investigated nonsplit topicalizations biased to a narrow scope reading of the initial constituent.
Finally, the results of Experiment 2 suggest not only that A'-chains are involved in the processing of topicalizations, but also that "mixed" chains are very difficult.
Tobler's earlier contention that they are topicalizations of simple direct objects with no partitive element; an interesting comparison with Celtic counterparts leads to the more daring claim that Romance reinforced negatives might have been calqued on Celtic, whose geographical congruence is persuasive.
Translations provide us with a rich empirical basis if we want to compare the language-specific conditions of topicalizations: topicalizations are discourse dependent, that is, they cannot be studied in isolation but have to be studied in context, which, in the case of written language, means texts--comparable texts in different languages.
To concentrate on topicalizations, we have to distinguish sentences with topicalizations from other cases with derived word order or paraphrases with basic word order.
Although in English more than half the sentences with topicalized adjuncts follow a variant of BID, almost as many topicalizations help to avoid syntactic or semantic garden path sentences.
Topicalizations like (68d) are one argument for complex PPs.
The RF-contour often occurs in topicalizations in which a nonsubject argument has been preposed to Spec,C.
However, the RF-contour is not confined to topicalizations. The main accents of the RF-contour can also target two constituents in the middle field (Mittelfeld).