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What is a topic?



A topic is a noun phrase that expresses what a sentence is about, and to which the rest of the sentence is related as a comment.

Examples (English, Japanese, Tagalog)
  • Initial position in word order, as in the following:

    That new Mazda, I’d like to test-drive it.

  • In Japanese or Tagalog, the marking of a noun phrase

Hartmann and Stork 1972 239


Crystal 1980 358


Levinson 1983 88


Andrews, A. 1985 77–78, 80

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