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The concept of topicality has been around for many years, partly under different notions (cf. e.g. ‘das psychologische Subjekt’ (the psychological subject) in Paul, 1880). Topicality is furthermore understood in extremely different ways. In 1981, Reinhart (1981, p. 4) writes: Although the linguistic role of the relation TOPIC OF is widely acknowledged, there is no accepted definition for it and not even full agreement on the intuitions of what counts as topic. As far as I can surmise, the situation is no different 25 years later.
KeywordsTopic Position Discourse Referent Sentence Topic Contrastive Topic Resumptive Pronoun
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