Inchoactive in Jpn? (was: "Anticipatory" Tense)
|Date:||Tuesday, March 5, 2002, 12:32|
--- Raymond Brown <ray.brown@...> replied:
< It was my understanding that "inchoative" was
"becoming", and that's how I've been using it in my
> This is correct - the inchoative aspect (also called
> by some 'inceptive' or 'ingessive') notes "becoming"
> or "starting", e.g. Japanese: hanasu "to talk" -
> hanashidasu "to start to talk" furu "rain" -
> furidasu "to start to rain"
Really!? I never knew that this phenomenon of
Japanese verbs would be considered a tense! I just
lumped it, mentally, as a Japanese-language
characteristic as some of the other following
kaku - "write"
kakinaosu - "rewrite"
ukeru - "receive"
ireru - "put (in)"
ukeireru - "intake"
wakarimasu - "understand, know"
wakarikanemasu - "not know, not understand"
Are you sure about the above as being classified a
verb tense? Also, doesn't _hanashidasu_ really refer
to something more like _to speak up (suddenly)_,
whereas _hanashihajimeru_ would be better suited to
_to start to speak_ ??
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