An understanding of the function of the cases or roles is insightful for the understanding of discourse. Even more insightful, however, is the grouping of these roles with the verb types with which they characteristically occur. To do this we must specify features which distinguish one set of verbs from another set of verbs, then we must specify the roles which occur with verbs which are characterized by these features. The result will be sets of verbs with characteristic constellations of accompanying substantives in given roles. The verb may of course be a verb phrase rather than a single verb and the substantives which accompany the verb may be pronouns, noun phrases, or even in some cases, substantive clauses. Such a set of verbs with characteristic accompanying nouns in particular roles is called a case frame.
KeywordsSurface Structure Action Process Noun Phrase Factual Knowledge Notional Structure
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