Erving Goffman (1922–1983) was not a linguist. Although he admired linguists as the only group of scholars with “the capacity to study the small behaviours of their own society and to treat the conduct of their own familiars objectively” (1971: xviii), only one aspect of language form, tangentially, attracted his attention (see end of Section 4). He was not interested in semantics at all. He did, it is true, quite frequently have recourse to examples of language in his writings, but his examination of these was always perfunctory in the extreme because, for him, they were never the object of examination themselves; they were there only as illustrations of something else.
NOTE: The Goffman references in this list are incomplete in two respects. First, they refer only to the volumes to which I had recourse; his papers, collected in many of these, are not recorded separately. Second, it is not a bibliography; only works cited in the text are recorded here. For attempts at comprehensive bibliographies, see Ditton (1980) and www.tau.ac.il/~algazi/mat/goffman.htm.
1996Collaboration in dialogues. Handbook of Pragmatics. John Benjamins. BoP
Face and politeness: new (insights) for old (concepts). Journal of Pragmatics 35(10/11): 1453–1469. BoP
Benford, R. & D. Snow
2000Framing Processes and Social Movements: An Overview and Assessment. Annual Review of Sociology 26: 11–39.
Brown, P. & S. Levinson
1987Politeness: some universals in language usage. Cambridge University Press.
Cromdal, J. & K. Aronsson
2000Footing in bilingual play. Journal of Sociolinguistics 4(3): 435–457. BoP
1980A bibliographical exegesis of Goffman’s sociology. In J. Ditton (ed.) The view from Goffman. St. Martin’s Press.
Drew, P. & J. Heritage
(eds.)1992Talk at work: interaction in institutional settings. Cambridge University Press. BoP
Drew, P. & A. Wooton
(eds.)1988Erving Goffman: exploring the interaction order. Polity Press.