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ERIC Number: EJ889286
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Dec
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 17
ISSN: ISSN-0190-2725
Framing and Face: The Relevance of "The Presentation of Self" to Linguistic Discourse Analysis
Tannen, Deborah
Social Psychology Quarterly, v72 n4 p300-305 Dec 2009
Although Erving Goffman did not turn his analytic focus specifically toward language until later in his career, his work, beginning with "The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life," has been crucial for discourse analysts and interactional sociolinguists who study language in social context. Perhaps most influential have been his concepts of framing and face, which Goffman developed more fully in later work but presaged in "Presentation." In order to show the influence and continuing relevance of "Presentation of Self," the author briefly defines and illustrates the concepts that are key for discourse analysts: framing and face, and explains their relation to the theoretical underpinnings outlined in "Presentation." The author then suggests the roles they play in discourse analysis, with specific reference to the work of John Gumperz, Robin Lakoff, Deborah Schiffrin, and the author herself. After that, the author relates a personal encounter she had with Goffman and explains the insight and inspiration this encounter afforded her. Finally, she briefly notes another source of inspiration: the wry inventiveness of Goffman's writing style in "The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life."
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Language: English
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