Definition of theta role in English:
Another term for thematic role.
- Also, it's unclear how we should decide which theta roles are ‘complement’ theta roles and which are ‘adjunct’ roles.
- Fillmore considered that adjuncts can also be assigned theta roles, but the problem, as Dowty points out, is where to stop.
- We would assign the theta role ‘agent’ to Steven and ‘patient’ to the book, since Steven is performing the action and the book is the recipient of that action.
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