17.14 Romeo marries Juliet: Answer

Answer for "Romeo marries Juliet"

Choice of relation

We needed to choose between the following relations:

The choice is not obvious. Juliet could be a beneficiary, since brides would - hopefully - normally benefit from being married.

Juliet could also be an experiencer, since the marriage act is also something that is experienced.

Juliet could also be a patient because she, in a way, undergoes a change. After the act, she is Romeo's wife, which she wasn't before.

Juliet could also be a recipient, since she receives Romeo as a gift in the marriage act.

Juliet could also be a theme, since she is, in a way, being experienced by Romeo as Romeo is marrying her.

Thus any of the relations would do in this case. This is because a marriage act is something that is so special in human social life that it encompasses all of these relations, and perhaps more besides.

Example graphs

As far as the graphs themselves are concerned, any of the following would do (using the beneficiary-relation as an example):

   [Person: Romeo]<-(Agnt)<-[Marry]->(Benf)->[Person: Juliet]
   [Lover: Romeo]<-(Agnt)<-[Marry]->(Benf)->[Lover: Juliet]
   [Man: Romeo]<-(Agnt)<-[Marry]->(Benf)->[Woman: Juliet]

Choice of types

The choice of types for Romeo and Juliet (Man, Woman, Lover, Person) is also immaterial, since it was left implicit in the original sentence. It is immaterial so long as the types chosen are compatible with who Romeo and Juliet are. For example,

   [Monkey: Romeo]<-(Agnt)<-[Marry]->(Benf)->[Gorilla: Juliet]

would not do, since this type-information is not true in the context "Romeo marries Juliet".


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