Predicate: begin

Roleset id: begin.01 , start, with agent, Source: , vncls: 55.1-1, framnet: activity_start , process_start

begin.01: Member of VNcls begin-55.1-1. This roleset is for nominal objects only -- not actions represented by clausal complements! So your arg1 should NOT be an S-node with this roleset. Rather, it will likely be an NP.

Roles:

        Arg0-PAG: beginner, Agent (vnrole: 55.1-1-Agent)
        Arg1-PPT: Thing begun - NP, not S-node! (vnrole: 55.1-1-Theme)
        Arg2-MNR: Instrument (vnrole: 55.1-1-Instrument)

Example: basic transitive

        John began a book

        Arg0: John
        Rel: began
        Arg1: a book

Example: transitive-with

        person: ns,  tense: past,  aspect: ns,  voice: active,  form: full

        John began the book with a murder

        Arg0: John
        Rel: began
        Arg1: the book
        Arg2: with a murder

Example: transitive-by

        John began the book by describing a murder

        Arg0: John
        Rel: began
        Arg1: the book
        Arg2: by describing a murder

Example: with manner

        John began the book with glee

        Arg0: John
        Rel: began
        Arg1: the book
        Argm-mnr: with glee

Example: ergative

        The book began with a murder

        Arg1: The book
        Rel: began
        Arg3: with a murder

Example: instrumental subject

        A murder began the book

        Arg3: A murder
        Rel: began
        Arg1: the book

Roleset id: begin.02 , Aspectual, beginning an action, Source: , vncls: 55.1-1, framnet: activity_start , process_start

begin.02: Member of VNcls begin-55.1-1.

Roles:

        This roleset requires concatenation of raised subject of action begun and action begun. See examples. All should have a syntactic structure where the object of begin is an S-node or a VP, never an NP.
        Arg1-PPT: Action begun (vnrole: 55.1-1-Theme)
        Arg2-MNR: Instrument, starting point (vnrole: 55.1-1-Instrument)

Example: aspectual

        Use ',' (comma) link to concatenate the two pieces of the action begun: John eating cake.
        person: ns,  tense: past,  aspect: ns,  voice: active,  form: full

        John-1 began *-1 to eat the entire cake, then thought better of it.

        Rel: began
        Arg1: [John-1], [*-1 to eat the entire cake]

Example: aspectual

        John-1 began *-1 to sweat

        Rel: began
        Arg1: [John-1][*-1 to sweat]

Example: a little nicer

        [The storm]-1 began *-1 to cause great destruction

        Rel: began
        Arg1: [The storm],[*-1 to cause great destruction]