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What is a topic?

 

Definition
 

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
Sources
 

Hartmann and Stork 1972 239

 

Crystal 1980 358

 

Levinson 1983 88

 

Andrews, A. 1985 77–78, 80


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