SEMANTICS: the object that is located or relocated in space. EXAMPLE: the glass is a theme both in (i)a (location) and (i)b (relocation).
(i) a The glass is on the table b The glass fell from the table (ii) a The glass is mine b John gave the glass awayThe interpretation of thematic roles has been generalized in terms of 'abstract space'; then, a theme is what is in a state or in a change of state, and the notion applies to the glass in (ii)a (state) and (ii)b (change of state) as well.
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