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What is declarative mood?

 

Definition
 

Declarative mood is an epistemic mood that signals that the proposition expressed by a speaker’s utterance is offered as an unqualified statement of fact.

Discussion
 

The term indicative is used in a narrow sense as a synonym of declarative. In its broad usage, indicative is approximately equivalent in meaning to realis.

Generic
  Declarative mood is a kind of
 
Sources
 

Palmer 1986 26–27

 

Sadock and Zwicky 1985 165–166

 

Hartmann and Stork 1972 144

 

Crystal 1980 85

 

Palmer 1986 70, 83

 

Pei and Gaynor 1954 99

 

Crystal 1980 183

 

Mish 1991 613


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