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What is volitive modality?

 

Definition
 

Volitive modality is a deontic modality that expresses the speaker’s attitude of hope, wish, or fear concerning the proposition expressed by the utterance.

Kinds
  Here are some kinds of volitive modality:
 
Generic
  Volitive modality is a kind of
 
Sources
 

Pei and Gaynor 1954 229

 

Palmer 1986 116–117


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