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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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Hersonski topicalizes the duality of the footage as propaganda and surviving trace with a shot of a photographic portrait that a man briefly picks up from a heap of garbage he has been carefully sifting through.
This projected report/prediction is abandoned and replaced with a question that topicalizes the sitter's friendship or kinship network.
In Croatian, the omission of the personal pronoun mu in the dative, gives the resultant sentence Petar je dosao kuci i spavalo se, which turns the second coordinated clause into another type of impersonal clause that in Croatian generally topicalizes the action itself, but not the actor, and the neuter (-o) of the predicate suggests more unidentified actors, thus disabling the coreference with the subject of the first clause (Petar).
The third subtype is different; both previous subtypes are a specific case of a general phenomenon (Goldenberg 1971: 71): topicalization is signalled by other means as well, e.g., by means of the preposition/conjunction assum, which often topicalizes whatever follows it, or by means of extraposition.