‘A Closer Look at the Persian Inchoative Construction’ by Samin Seyyed Ebrahimi

Abstract

This paper aimed to explore the issue of inchoativeness in Persian. There has been much research on the inchoative construction in Persian. The findings revealed that inchoativeness is not a voice and, in fact, the inchoative verbs are not in contrast with active and passive verbs, rather they are different from causative verbs, that is, the inchoative verbs are in contrast with causative verbs. Also, four inchoative Persian constructions were identified and analyzed based on Haspelmath’s classification, some verbs of each category with simple examples were depicted as well.

Key words: Inchoative, Causative, Middle Voice, Passive, Active.

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