This term is not very widely used in the theoretical literature, but it is the most neutral term, being maximally transparent (not incorporating confusing components like "thematic", "case", etc.) (e.g. Quirk et al. 1985:740ff.)
- thematic relation
- thematic role
- Θ-role (Theta role)
- deep case, case role, case relation
- semantic function (Simon Dik's Functional Grammar)
- kāraka (Panini)
- Quirk, Randolph & Sidney Greenbaum & Geoffrey Leech & Jan Svartvik. 1985. A Comprehensive Grammar of the English Language. Longman, Harcourt.