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What is causer as a semantic role?

 

Definition
 

Causer is the semantic role of the referent which instigates an event rather than actually doing it.

Discussion
 

The causer is usually the surface subject of the verb in a sentence.

Example (English)
 
  • Peter tripped John.
  • Generic
      A causer is a kind of
     
    Source
     

    Larson 1984 199–203


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