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Agent As A Semantic Role

Agent As A Semantic Role

Agent is the semantic role of a person or thing who is the doer of an event.

An agent is usually the grammatical subject of the verb in an active clause. A prototypical agent is conscious, acts with volition (on purpose), and performs an action that has a physical, visible effect.

(English)

  • The boy ran down the street.
  • He was chased by the dog.
Page/s: 156–157
Source: Longacre 1983

Longacre, Robert E. 1983.The grammar of discourse. New York: Plenum.

Page/s: 199–203
Source: Larson 1984

Larson, Mildred L. 1984.Meaning-based translation: A guide to cross-language equivalence. Lanham, MD: University Press of America.

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