Cessative aspect

The cessative aspect or terminative aspect is a grammatical aspect referring to the end of a state.[1] It is the opposite of the inchoative aspect and conveys the idea of "to stop doing something" or "to finish doing something".

In Yaqui, the cessative is formed with the suffix -yaáte. For example, "ču'ú 'íntok čái-yaáte-k", "the dog stopped barking".[2]

In Timbisha, the cessative is formed with the suffix -mmahwan. For example, "satü püe nangkawimmahwa", "he just finished talking".[3]


  1. ^ "What is cessative aspect?". SIL International. 5 January 2004. Archived from the original on 14 December 2013. Retrieved 10 December 2013.
  2. ^ Dedrick, John M.; Casad, Eugene H. (1999). Sonora Yaqui Language Structures. University of Arizona Press. p. 322.
  3. ^ Dayley, Jon P. (1989). Tümpisa (Panamint) Shoshone Grammar. University of California Press. p. 59.

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