Folia Linguistica: Acta Societatis Linguisticae Europaeae vol:47 issue:1 pages:1-19
This paper discusses a cross-linguistic phenomenon where a completive marker is used to express non-volitionality. I propose a semantic account for this phenomenon, based on the idea that completive markers can be used to emphasize the completion of an action as unexpected and unanticipated. This phenomenon is relevant from a broader typological perspective because it reveals that it is not possible to provide a unified analysis of non-volitional constructions in terms of reduced transitivity. Instead, I propose an analysis where different types of non-volitional
constructions are characterized by a shift in emphasis from the starting point of the action towards its endpoint.