Datapoint Nigerian Pidgin/Aspect markers and inchoative meaning

To refer to the ongoing entry into a particular state, the incompletive aspect auxiliary is used with a stative verb. To refer to the result of the entry into a particular state, a completive aspect auxiliary such as do̱n or the realis mood auxiliary ko̱m is used.

Values

Inchoative expressed by progressive and completive markers

Example 17-68:
À dè sik.
À
1sg.sbj
ncompl
sik.
be.ill
I am (becoming) sick.

Source: Faraclas 1996: 199

Example 17-78:
À do̱n/ko̱m sik.
À
1sg.sbj
do̱n/ko̱m
compl/REALIS
sik.
be.ill
I am / have become sick.

Source: Faraclas 1996: 199

Example 17-72:
Dì pìkín we̱ do̱n taya ne̱va slip.
art.def
pìkín
child
we̱
rel
do̱n
compl
taya
be.tired
ne̱va
neg.compl
slip.
sleep
The child who is / has become tired has not slept.

Source: Faraclas 1996: 35-37

Confidence:
Very certain