• Mário A. Perini


Thematic relations are the connections between complements of a sentence—its subject, object, prepositional phrases, and so on—and semantic functions such as Agent and Patient, which are ultimately variables of the schemata evoked by a verb or other lexical items. Thematic relations include, but are not limited to, semantic roles; they also comprise elaborate relations such as “kicker,” “drinker,” and “with his foot,” which are ingredients of our final understanding of a sentence, its cognitive representation. This book is concerned with thematic relations, in general, and the rather complex ways they are assigned to sentence constituents. In this chapter some basic notions necessary in the study of such relations are defined.


Cognitive representation Elaborate thematic relation Elaboration Role assignment Semantic roles Thematic relations 


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  • Mário A. Perini
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  1. 1.Universidade Federal de Minas GeraisBelo HorizonteBrazil

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