52 Aspect markers and inchoative meaning

This feature is described more fully in chapter 52.


In quite a few creole languages, when words (verbs or adjectives) denoting physical and psychological states such as ‘ripe’, ‘sick’, ‘fat’, ‘red’ are combined with progressive or completive aspect markers, they can take on an inchoative meaning (i.e. a sense of 'becoming'). Thus, an expression that is literally 'is being ripe' (using a progressive marker)means 'is becoming ripe', and 'finished being sick' (using a completive marker) means 'has become sick'.


Martin Haspelmath, Susanne Maria Michaelis and the APiCS Consortium


No inchoative meaning with aspect markers33
Inchoative expressed by progressive marker20
Inchoative expressed by completive marker9
Inchoative expressed by progressive and completive markers10
No aspect markers1

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