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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Linguistics The placement of the topic at the beginning of a sentence, as in That movie, you couldn't pay me to see.

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  • n. The placing of the topic of a sentence at the beginning.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. (linguistics) emphasis placed on the topic or focus of a sentence by preposing it to the beginning of the sentence; placing the topic at the beginning of the sentence is typical for English


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  • Outside of poetic writing and certain syntactic alternations like topicalization, the word order of Modern English is Subject-Verb-Object.

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  • As linguists themselves note (see Appendix), definitions are not yet available which are stringent enough to allow tagging for topic, topicalization, and focus according to anything like a straightforward algorithm.

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  • In addition, the terms "topic," "topicalization," and "focus" are used in very different ways in the linguistic literature.

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  • For instance, they used inflectional markers in an inconsistent way and often failed to respect the structure-dependence of the rules governing topicalization in that language. [

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