Erving Goffman

Jim O’Driscoll
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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.

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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

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