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The term beneficiary refers to a semantic role, generally defined as the (animate) participant who benefits from an action.

  • “the animate entity on whose behalf an activity is carried out” (Blake 1994:70)
  • “Notionally, Beneficiaries refer generally to animate beings indirectly affected by the action with a possible distinction between the notional roles of recipient and beneficiary.” (Palmer 1994:10)


benefactive (role)


  • Blake, Barry. (1994) Case. Cambridge: University Press.
  • Palmer, F.R. (1994) Grammatical Roles and Relations. Cambridge: University Press.

Other languages

German Benefizient, Nutznießer