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Forms of Talk

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"Forms of Talk" extends Erving Goffman's interactional analyses of face-to-face communication to ordinary conversations and vebal exchanges. In this, his most sociolinguistic work, Goffman relates to certain forms of talk some of the issues that concerned him in his work on frame analysis. This book brings together five of Goffman's essays: "Replies and Responses," "Respon ...more
Paperback, 344 pages
Published March 1st 1981 by University of Pennsylvania Press
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Gary Bruff
This is not a bad book per se, just a disappointing one. I expected to learn much more about the structure and function of everyday conversation, but I found the work (and it does feel like work getting through it at times) to be less informative in that regard than standard works on hermeneutics or pragmatics. I am reminded of the quip about Wittgenstein's Tractatus: the journey is long and the distance covered is comparatively short.

But there is much to learn here nevertheless. Goffman in For
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Erving Goffman (June 11, 1922 – November 19, 1982) was a Canadian-born sociologist and writer.

Considered "the most influential American sociologist of the twentieth century" (Fine, Manning, and Smith 2000:ix), as a subjective analyst, Goffman's greatest contribution to social theory is his study of symbolic interaction in the form of dramaturgical analysis that began with his 1959 book The Present
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