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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'"
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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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Its derivation is termed in the monograph "StP transformation" (symbolized [sup.StP.[??]]), whose function is topicalizing that noun and creating a marked topic-comment structure.
Thus, the relationship to ambiguity can always be "opened up" through disciplined (closed?) reflection working through the limits of such usage by topicalizing this border itself, by creating ethical collisions or routine cases of interpretive conflict, in ways meant to dramatize the very question of the border as the matter of interest.
(48.) Topicalizing a modifier would be problematic under the classical ECP approach, but need not be so under the present one, where the modifier contains the selecting head of the corresponding phrase and need not be governed by the AP or the NP at all.
Thus, in stark contrast to the discreditable subjects described above, accredited respondents came out into a discourse that celebrated homosexuality, in great part, by topicalizing and condemning the stigmatization of homosexuality.
209, where it is stated that la ittum "leads to topicalizing phrase," in other words, the clause immediately thereafter is the topic) the exact opposite is said--the topic is basically given, known, or presupposed information: an entity cannot be both rheme and topic at the same time.
While it is often the subject of a sentence that is topicalized, topicalizing the object, as in (2), is in no way exceptional and much more common than in English.