Pragmatic Inverse Voice ( Concept )
http://purl.org/linguistics/gold/PragmaticInverseVoice


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      |_ Abstract
            |_ Linguistic Property
                  |_ Morphosyntactic Property
                        |_ Voice Property
                              |_ Pragmatic Inverse Voice


Definition:

If the agent is more topical than the patient, the direct-active clause is used. If norm is reversed and the patient is more topical, the inverse clause is used. [Givon 1994: 23]


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Examples
Language Code: yak In Yakima, if the agent is more topical than the patient, the direct-active clause is used. If norm is reversed and the patient is more topical, the inverse clause is used.
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kupá-'?n-apch'íimya-npiyáp-in
andINV-tell-PSTwild.cat-OBJelder.brother-OBV
And the elder brother [OBV] told the wild cat [PROX].

References:
Givon (1994:24)


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