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SYNTAX: some morpho-syntactic elements have the capacity of absorbing a theta-role assigned by the verb (stem) to which they are attached, with the effect that that theta-role can not be assigned to its regular position. EXAMPLE: Passive morphology is an example, and clitics have been argued to absorb a theta-role as well.
LIT. Jaeggli, O. (1986a)
Spencer, A. (1991)