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Denoting an aspect of a verb expressing the beginning of an action, typically one occurring of its own accord. In many English verbs, inchoative uses alternate systematically with causative uses.Compare with ergative
- ‘However, there are some positively evaluated conditions in common inchoative collocations with go: go live, go platinum, go blonde.’
- ‘A hundred and forty years later, the inchoative generalization of the verb has shown up in the New York Times.’
An inchoative verb.
- ‘For anticausativization, I review recent arguments suggesting that derived inchoatives have causative semantics as part of their lexical representation, consistent with the MH.’
- ‘An important defining feature of perfectivizing prefixation in Russian is the use of po- to signal the relative change of state in inchoatives as well as the indefinite temporal delimitation of atelic activities.’
- ‘It is argued however that the Hebrew inchoatives do not create any problems to the LMH.’
- ‘The fact that some idioms are restricted to causatives, while others are restricted to inchoatives, lends new support to the view that the two derivations are distinct.’
- ‘Is he saying that our genes have been programmed by evolution to resist inchoatives that involve becoming lost?’
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