MORPHOLOGY/SEMANTICS: term used for verbs whose meanings can be
paraphrased as 'TO BEGIN TO...' (e.g. inflame and depopulate)
or verbs which express the beginning of a state or process, like harden
(become hard), die (become dead) or break. The term is also
used in explicating the ambiguity of John will eat his lunch in an hour:
the inchoative reading is the one in which it will take an hour before John is to
eat his lunch.