The most typical semantic role of the indirect object is that of the recipient participant, namely, the referent of the indirect object (Oi), most often an animate being, is passively implicated in the event named by the verb.
Lì shā gěi xiǎomāo zhǎodào le yī gè xīn zhǔrén.
(Lisa found a new host for the little cat.)
Wǒ gěi dìdi mǎi le yī běn xīn zìdiǎn.
(I bought a new dictionary for my younger brother.)
The indirect objects 小猫‘xiǎomāo’ (the little cat) and 弟弟‘dìdi’ (the younger brother) both have the semantic role of Recipient.
 Loar, J. K. (2011). Chinese syntactic grammar: functional and conceptual principles. New York: Peter Lang.