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Re: Theta roles

From:Thomas Wier <trwier@...>
Date:Thursday, March 17, 2005, 5:31
From:    Chris Wright <dhasenan@...>
> I'm doing a bit of research on multiple WH questions in English, and > theta roles come into prime concern. I've covered Agent, Theme, Goal, > Source, Beneficiary, Maleficiary, Experiencer, and Instrument. Is > anything else left?
As I think we discussed some time back on this list, there is no real agreement on the appropriate number of thematic roles. The most popular numbers/ranges seem to be two, three, four, five to eight, and indefinitely many (on the grounds that every eating verb has an eater and eaten, but not, say, a jumper, or a singer). I just wrote a paper on wh-phenomena in Georgian, specifically discussing my research on multiple wh-constructions and superiority effects, so if you're interested I'd be happy to send it to you, or anyone else. ========================================================================= Thomas Wier "I find it useful to meet my subjects personally, Dept. of Linguistics because our secret police don't get it right University of Chicago half the time." -- octogenarian Sheikh Zayed of 1010 E. 59th Street Abu Dhabi, to a French reporter. Chicago, IL 60637