• David Ejiroghene JAGBORO Department of English and Literary Studies Prince AbubakarAudu University, Anyigba, Kogi State
Keywords: inference, indirectness, utterance, discourse strategy, politeness


Much of the meaning we convey during interaction is implicitly stated and this implies that hearers are set on a path to use their cognitive skills in deducing or inferring speakers' meaning or intentions. This strategy that speakers use in conveying meaning in a somewhat vague or roundabout manner is known as indirectness. This study accounts for indirectness in politics as a potent discourse strategy that political leaders employ. It accounts specifically for the forms of indirectness that President Trump employed during the delivery of his inaugural address. Instances of indirectness such as metaphor, circumlocution, and euphemism are identified and discussed in the address to interpret the speaker's hidden meaning behind every utterance. The study puts forward that indirectness does not only function to save or maintain face or as a politeness strategy, but also as a tool for getting the attention of listeners or the audience as well as fostering the personal beliefs and traditions of a political party against its opposition. Finally, the study concludes by asserting that language is not just a tool used to conceal the truth as indirectness suggests, but that it also employed – especially as used by political leaders – to reveal the other side of discourse not explicit to listeners.


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How to Cite
Ejiroghene JAGBORO, D. (2023). INDIRECTNESS AS A POLITICAL DISCOURSE STRATEGY IN DONALD TRUMP’S INAUGURAL ADDRESS. GPH-International Journal of Social Science and Humanities Research, 6(11), 49-59.