Definition of theta role in English:

theta role


  • another term for thematic role
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’


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