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What is directive modality?

 

Definition
 

Directive modality is a deontic modality that connotes the speaker’s degree of requirement of conformity to the proposition expressed by an utterance.

Discussion
 

If the usage of the term directive modality is extended beyond discussion of solely grammaticalized means of expression, it becomes nearly synonymous with directive illocutionary point.

Examples (English)
 
Kinds
  Here are some kinds of directive modality:
 
Generic
  Directive modality is a kind of
 
Sources
 

Palmer 1986 97–-98

 

Crystal 1980 95

 

Quirk, Greenbaum, Leech, and Svartvik 1985 78


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