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Noun: topicalisation  ,tó-pi-ku-lu'zey-shun [N. Amer], ,tó-pi-ku-lI'zey-shun [Brit]
Usage: Brit (N. Amer: topicalization)
  1. (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
    "'Those girls, they giggle when they see me' and 'Cigarettes, you couldn't pay me to smoke them' are examples of topicalisation";
    - topicalization

Type of: emphasis

Encyclopedia: Topicalisation