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What is deontic modality?

 

Definition
 

Deontic modality is modality that connotes the speaker's

 
  • degree of requirement of
  • desire for, or
  • commitment to the realization of
 

the proposition expressed by the utterance.

Examples (English)
 
  • You may go at four o’clock.
  • All elections shall take place on schedule.
Kinds
  Here are some kinds of deontic modality:
 
Generic
  Deontic modality is a kind of
 
Sources
 

Crystal 1985 88

 

Chung and Timberlake 1985 246–247

 

Palmer 1986 10–11, 15, 96–97, 115


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