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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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Both authors also topicalized multilingual interaction and literary imagology.
The wh-pronoun functioning as the object thus follows the subject, as in (2), although complex and topicalized interrogative phrases may behave differently (Mus 2015 : 130-134, 153-160).
The ungrammaticality of (4a) points, nevertheless, in the direction of topicalized objects not valuing Case, which would agree in a crucial way with the approach that is proposed in this paper that O merges directly from the position of sister to V into the C domain.
From a diachronic point of view, while older Arabic had two constructions, Cairene Arabic has only the reflex of the topicalized pattern:
It should be said that due to decrease the effect of referring to unclean object or places, minimizers are topicalized in Persian speech).
Similarly, in (32b) there is an intonation break after the topicalized NP mbisana iwoyu 'this boy' and there is lengthening of the pen-ultimate vowel of the verb khona 'the one' which marks a phrase boundary.
Cruelties, especially 'civilizational' cruelty, decline only because new norms that contest and limit them are created, become topicalized politically, that is, because politics circulates, so to speak.
My question in line 17 keys in a shift in the interaction as the term FOB becomes topicalized. It is important to note here that Tiffany and Lisa do not topicalize FOB, but that we do this together, sequentially for the remainder of the interview (lines 15-37).
Positive 'Self' information was topicalized while negative 'Them' information was being emphasized.