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Inchoatives and Inceptives are two slightly different aspectual categories both of which represent the onset of an event. An Inchoative indicates a change of state: the plane landed (and remained on the ground), the sun rose/set (daylight and darkness). An Inceptive results in a new activity: he started to run, read, talk or an action: she started to open/close the door. These examples are of lexical aspect (Aktionsart) but some languages also have grammatical markers for these aspects.

The terms inchoative and inceptive are n…

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John Hewson, “Inchoatives/Inceptives”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: First Last. Consulted online on 29 October 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-448X_eagll_SIM_00000482>
First published online: 2013

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