Patient and Theme
(1,000 words)

Abstract

Patient and Theme are two of the semantic functions attributable to the second argument of transitive verbs. This entry analyzes the concept of Theme as the semantic content of the second argument of transitive verbal predicates, comparing it with the Patient and its morphosyntactic and structural characteristics.   

Patient and Theme are two of the semantic functions attributable to the second argument of transitive verbs (Transitivity). Together with the Result, the Patient is the most habitual role of the s…

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Luz Conti, “Patient and Theme”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: First Last. Consulted online on 29 March 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-448X_eagll_SIM_00000509>
First published online: 2013



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