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{%type%} Definitions

WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


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n. - (linguistics) Emphasis placed on the focus of a sentence by preposing it to the beginning of the sentence.

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  • Outside of poetic writing and certain syntactic alternations like topicalization, the word order of Modern English is Subject-Verb-Object.
  • In addition, the terms "topic," "topicalization," and "focus" are used in very different ways in the linguistic literature.
  • As linguists themselves note (see Appendix), definitions are not yet available which are stringent enough to allow tagging for topic, topicalization, and focus according... for more
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