Recent developments and open questions in the field of semantic roles

Kittilä, Seppo; Zúñiga, Fernando (2014). Recent developments and open questions in the field of semantic roles. Studies in Language, 38(3), pp. 437-462. John Benjamins 10.1075/sl.38.3.01kit

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This introductory chapter briefly introduces a few milestones in the voluminous previous literature on semantic roles, and charts the territory in which the papers of this volume aim to make a contribution. This territory is characterized by fairly disparate conceptualizations of semantic roles and their status in theories of grammar and the lexicon, as well as by diverse and probably complementary ways of deriving or identifying them based on linguistic data. Particular attention is given to the question of how selected roles appear to relate to each other, and we preliminarily address the issue of how roles, subroles, and role complexes are best thought of in general.

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Journal Article (Original Article)


06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Linguistics and Literary Studies > Institute of Linguistics

UniBE Contributor:

Zúñiga, Fernando


400 Language > 410 Linguistics
400 Language > 490 Other languages




John Benjamins




Fernando Zúñiga

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11 Nov 2014 07:21

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11 Nov 2014 07:21

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Uncontrolled Keywords:

semantic role, lexical semantics, role complex, subrole


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