One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(in Chomskyan linguistics) any of a set of semantic roles that a noun phrase may have in relation to a verb, for example agent, patient, location, source, or goal.Also called theta role
- ‘A discussion of thematic roles is closely linked to one of the most complex questions ever: what is meaning?’
- ‘A number of verbs belonging to each category are analyzed in terms of the thematic roles and grammatical relations undertaken by the noun phrases required by these verbs.’
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