Experiencer Thematic Role Assignment
Measure or amount arguments express extension along some dimension (length, duration, cost, and so on).
Finally, the thematic role of theme is something of a catch-all. According to one definition, 'theme' refers to an argument undergoing motion of some sort, including motion in a metaphorical sense, such as a change of state. As is usual in the syntactic literature, we will also use the term for arguments that are most 'affected' in a situation or for the content of an experience.
|(9)||a.||Theme:||The lions devouredthe wildebeest.|
|b.||This key opensthe door to the main office.|
|c.||Hurricane-force winds demolishedmuch of the town.|
|d.||They gave the workers a raise.|
|e.||I'd like to sendthis package to France.|
|f.||Many people fearsnakes.|