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.
Initial position in word order, as in the following:
That new Mazda, I’d like to test-drive it.
Hartmann and Stork 1972 239
Crystal 1980 358
Levinson 1983 88
Andrews, A. 1985 77–78, 80
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