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Stupid question...

From:David Peterson <digitalscream@...>
Date:Saturday, April 7, 2001, 7:08
    Only one person needs to answer this if you know the answer.  I took a
midterm today for linguistics, and they were asking for the thematic roles of
things, and I just don't know the names beyond "agent" and "patient" and
"topic" and "experiencer", and I'm not sure if some of those overlap...  But
anyway, two questions: (1) What's the thematic role of "me" in the sentence
"He gave me some roses"; and (2) What's the role of the word "what" in "What
did you stir the flour with?"  For the second one I said "instrumental", but
that's a case, and I don't know if it's a theme, or whatever.  Damn labels.



Marcus Smith <smithma@...>