The term thematic relation is used (especially in Ray Jackendoff’s work and work influenced by him) for semantic role.
- semantic role
- thematic role
- Θ-role (Theta role)
- case: deep case, case role, case relation
- semantic function
The term thematic relation was introduced by Jackendoff (1972:29) (who attributed it to Richard Stanley), basing his theory on Gruber's (1965) work. According to Jackendoff, the centrality of the Theme in Gruber's analysis justifies this term.
- Jackendoff, Ray S. 1972. Semantics and cognition. Cambridge/MA: MIT Press
- Gruber, Jeffrey S. 1965. Studies in lexical relations. Ph.D. dissertation, MIT. (Revised version published in Gruber 1976)
- Wilkins, Wendy (ed.) 1988. Thematic relations. (Syntax and Semantics, xx) New York: Academic Press.