the thematic relations of the English verb "face"

asked 2016-04-13 19:48:24 -0400

In Bas Aarts' (2013) English syntax and argumentation, there a question that I have trouble comping up with possible answers.

Both the following are possible sentences in English. They have the same meaning.

1) the government faces a difficult debate. 2) a difficult debate faces the government.

first analyze these sentences functionally, then discuss the thematic properties of the verb face. can you think of any other verbs that behave like face?

So my responses so far... 1) face [1 NP, Agent 2 NP, Theme] 2) face [1 NP, Agent 2 NP, Theme]

Am I on the right track?? Are there any other verbs that behave like face??

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