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What is commissive modality?



Commissive modality is a deontic modality that connotes the speaker's expressed commitment, as a promise or threat, to bring about the proposition expressed by the utterance.


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

Example (English)
  • All elections shall take place on schedule.

    This statement is understood as the speaker’s own commitment to avoid delays.

      Commissive modality is a kind of

    Palmer 1986 115–116

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