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'.
|No inchoative meaning with aspect markers||33|
|Inchoative expressed by progressive marker||20|
|Inchoative expressed by completive marker||9|
|Inchoative expressed by progressive and completive markers||10|
|No aspect markers||1|
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