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    thematic roles

    In the thematic roles, I can't differentiate between "goal" and "locative".

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    Re: thematic roles

    Please, I wait your reply.


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    Re: thematic roles

    Quote Originally Posted by sash2008 View Post
    In the thematic roles, I can't differentiate between "goal" and "locative".
    Do the words have any similar meanings?

    locativeadj. (grammar) (in some languages) the form of a noun, pronoun or adjective when it expresses the idea of place

    goal noun
    1 (in sports) a wooden frame with a net into which players must kick or hit the ball in order to score a point: He headed the ball into an open goal (= one that had nobody defending it). Who is in goal (= is the goalkeeper) for Arsenal?

    2 the act of kicking or hitting the ball into the goal; a point that is scored for this: The winning goal was scored by Hill. Liverpool won by three goals to one. United conceded two goals in the first half. a penalty goal
    3 something that you hope to achieve aim: to work towards a goal to achieve / attain a goal You need to set yourself some long-term goals. Our ultimate goal must be the preservation of the environment. Their goal was to eradicate malaria.

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    #4

    Re: thematic roles

    Hi Daruma,
    Thank you for the definitions, but what I want is another thing.
    I mean thematic roles.
    For example:
    I sent a letter to the President.
    I sent a letter to the White House.

    I conclude that if it is a person, then it is a goal.
    If it is a place, then it is a locative.
    However this not in all cases.
    I am not sure.
    Last edited by sash2008; 11-Jun-2009 at 04:52.


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    Re: thematic roles

    sash2008,

    Thanks for the response. I hope somebody else answers your question.


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    Re: thematic roles

    I will give you examples, and through them I am going to try to confuse yourself as well as myself, if it is okay to you.

    I will sell you my car.

    A sale transaction requires both a buyer and a seller to to act volitionally, with some movement, so that the buyer gets the sold object and the seller gets the buyer's money.

    goal: object to which motion specified by the verb 'sell' (the transfer of money) proceeds. It is 'I' in the sentence, right? So, the syntactic subject is the goal.
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    She always sits on the couch watching TV.

    location: the thematic role associated with the NP expressing the location in a sentence with a verb of location.

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