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1. Introduction

‘Topicalization’ refers to the placing of a constituent in a place other than its default, or normal, position in order to mark it as the theme or topic of the sentence. In VSO and SVO languages, it means fronting or moving toward the front, according to the principle ‘old information precedes new information’. In the Chomskyan tradition, topicalization is regarded as a transformation from an underly…

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Sven-Olof Dahlgren, “Topicalization”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 04 June 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1570-6699_eall_EALL_COM_0346>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831

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