Chapter published in:Romance Languages and Linguistic Theory 13: Selected papers from ‘Going Romance’ 29, Nijmegen
Edited by Janine Berns, Haike Jacobs and Dominique Nouveau
[Romance Languages and Linguistic Theory 13] 2018
► pp. 209–223
Spanish estarse is not only agentive, but also inchoative
This article explores the properties of constructions involving the stage level copula estar with the pronominal form se, which has been argued to encode an agentive component lacking from the non se-marked form. While several previous studies have argued that estarse constructions involve a dynamic and telic component similar to an achievement, the goal of this contribution is to show that estarse is essentially stative, lacking all kinds of dynamicity and telicity, and should be analysed as an inchoative state, that is, a state that encodes its onset, but not the culmination of the transition preceding it. We show that this analysis overcomes the problems of previous proposals with respect to the temporal and aspectual behaviour of estarse constructions.
Published online: 13 July 2018
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