I'm having difficulty understanding what are inchoative verbs and how they are different from unaccusative verbs. Is it generally the case that inchoatives are subsumed under unaccusatives?
Verbs of motion, "roll" for example, show the causative/inchoative alternation. But I assume it is not an unaccusative verb. Then is it okay to say the intransitive use of the verb roll is inchoative, but its subject is not a patient, hence not an unaccusative verb?
eg. The ball rolled down the hill.
How about the verb 'fall'? It's an unaccusative verb. Is it an inchoative verb?
eg. Susan fell.
And 'suffocate' as in 'Many dogs have suffocated in hot cars.' The subject is a patient. Is it an unaccusative verb? and inchoative as well?