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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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does not take place (topicalize) only between I and thou, but in larger social frameworks, as organizations and institutions which topicalize and frame the middle or the dialogic 'between', thus mediating relations and determining the value of the conversation and its participants.
Where Eliot asks the poet to subsume tradition into his non-conscious processes, so we must assimilate, rather than topicalize, environmental crisis.
Sue does not topicalize "Korean Koreans" alone, but we co-construct this concept together.
These are defined as discursive topics, things people topicalize or orientate themselves to, or imply, in their discourse ...
We used lignocaine to topicalize the airway, which was an essential step in fibreoptic intubation of a spontaneously breathing anaesthetized patient.
To topicalize and declare one's homosexuality is to assume that other gays and lesbians could not determine this on their own, and thus to deny the homosexual competence of other gays and lesbians.
Pearsall's 'The Timelessness of The Simonie' recalls (but does not mention) Elizabeth Salter's 'The Timeliness of Wynnere and Wastoure' in its demolition of readings that topicalize a poem whose 'historical significance is broad and unspecific, and merges with that of a number of other similar works of widely different dates'.
in order to focus upon or topicalize such a constituent.
(3) The unremitting vulnerability of the male self-image that these writers and filmmakers topicalize, however, possesses a critical urgency because it necessarily has to dispense with the notions of coherence, constancy, and closure in the mediation of (gender) identities.