Motives of Indirectness in Daily Communication -- An Asian Perspective

Fachun Zhang, Hua You


Indirectness is often used in our daily communication as a major communicative skill to keep a harmonious interpersonal relationship. From an Asian perspective, this paper is to discuss the various motives of indirectness, such as: politeness, self-protection, humor, rejection or denial, etc.

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