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Obeng, Samuel Gyasi. 1994. Verbal indirection in Akan informal discourse. Journal of Pragmatics 21 (1) : 37–65. 29 pp.
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Interactants employ various forms of verbal indirection to embellish their utterances, to draw other interactants' attention to relevant issues, to persuade them, to minimize social and/or communicational tension, and to settle personal scores. Indirection plays a significant role in conversational management as well as in the maintenance of face and in politeness. It finds expression in proverbs, circumlocution, metaphors, euphemisms etc. (Samuel Gyasi Obeng)