agentive role

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Noun1.agentive role - the semantic role of the animate entity that instigates or causes the happening denoted by the verb in the clause
participant role, semantic role - (linguistics) the underlying relation that a constituent has with the main verb in a clause
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1) AL- BAQARA (The Cow)/130--And who forsakes the religion of Ibrahim = forsakes Rejected/Returned/Rejects --Medina--Present verb with an agentive role whose subject is deleted
In this section of the movie then, the representational or ideational meanings convey the agentive role of the lost thing and the collaborative actions of the boy and the lost thing in making the feeding of the lost thing possible, whereas in the book these representational meanings are confined to the boy's action in providing something for the lost thing to eat.
Secondly, by presenting the relation between subject and VP in the English middle as basically one between an agentive role and an active VP, the description becomes that of an active clause and the analysis in fact cancels the notion of a middle voice.