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Echoic Deontics
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Echoic deontics are expressions referring to obligations or acts of volition with which the speaker disagrees and achieving this reference through echoically reproducing the grammatical or lexical means by which such obligations or acts of volition are customarily expressed. In a further development, echoic deontics may acquire epistemic and evidential functions.  

Languages develop regular means of expressing deontic modality, i.e., modal meanings in the sphere of obligations resulting from general norms of behavior or individual acts of volition (see Modality). A subtype…

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Holvoet, Axel, “Echoic Deontics”, in: Encyclopedia of Slavic Languages and Linguistics Online, Editor-in-Chief Marc L. Greenberg. Consulted online on 03 June 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2589-6229_ESLO_COM_032001>
First published online: 2020



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