I'm fairly familiar with verbal predicates (VP-shell, passivisation, PISH etc.) but every time I have a non-verbal predicate, like NP or AP, I seem to struggle - partially because I don't know whether they discharge any thematic (theta) roles.

John considered him a good person

This example is especially tricky and the question of NP discharging theta roles may be really helpful.

It seems to me that him receives two theta roles - one from "a good person" and second from "consider".

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That clearly violates the Theta-criterion.

What do you think? Thanks for shedding any light on this problem.

  • I don't understand why you've labelled the uppermost node 'VP' rather than 'clause'. "Jake" is an NP functioning as subject. "Considers him a good person" is the predicate/VP where "considers" is predicator, "him" is direct object and "a good person" is an NP functioning as objective predicative complement.
    – BillJ
    Dec 16, 2017 at 9:52
  • @BillJ I omitted the sentential constituents TP and CP. What I do as well is follow the PISH hypothesis, so I initially put the subject inside the VP.
    – TheTobruk
    Dec 16, 2017 at 15:17


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