THEMATIC ROLES AND THEMATIC HIERARCHY IN ENGLISH

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This paper discusses the issue of the thematic role as represented by the relationship between a participant and the main verb in a clause. It deals with the semantic role as the actual role that a participant plays in real or imagined situations, besides the linguistic encoding of such situations. Generative grammars introduced the semantic relations in the 60s and early 70s in order to make a classification of the arguments of predicates in the natural language, as a closed set of participant types having a special status in grammar. T. Payne defines the semantic roles most often represented by …