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Inchoative and Punctual notions.

We have already introduced the notion that ش koo can serve as a marker of the beginning of a new state or action. This emphasizes the POINT of beginning, rather than the duration of the state. With stative verbs that require the dative (e.g. ׻ teri `know', puri `understand', the addition of ش koo emphasizes the point (hence PUNCTUAL) of beginning to understand or know. Hitherto dative-stative verb stems with ش koo affixed become nominative-subject action verbs. Examples of contrast between verbs without ش koo are labelled A below, and examples with koo are labelled B below:

Vasu Renganathan
Sat Nov 2 21:16:08 EST 1996