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Marjorie Harness Goodwin

Distinguished Professor Emerita

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Email    mgoodwin@anthro.ucla.edu
Office  318F Haines
Phone  310-267-4335
I am a linguistic anthropologist concerned with the embodied language practices human beings use to construct in concert with each other the social, cultural and cognitive worlds they inhabit.

Much of my work has focused on the organization of language and interaction in children’s peer groups, families, and workplace settings.

I investigate how children in boys’ and girls’ peer groups elaborate and dispute their notions about moral behavior, including inequality, as they play or work together. My most recent work deals with how forms of human sociality, intimacy and familial integration, are achieved through a range of coordinated, mutually elaborating modalities, including language, touch, prosody, and structure in the environment.



Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania (1978)
Ph.D. Honoris Causa, Uppsala University (2014)

Selected Publications


2006  The Hidden Life of Girls: Games of Stance, Status, and Exclusion. Oxford: Blackwell.

1990  He-Said-She-Said:Talk as Social Organization among Black Children. Bloomington: Indiana University Press.


2012  "Calibration in directive/response sequences in family interaction." Goodwin, M. H., & Cekaite, A. Journal of Pragmatics.

2012  "Emotion as Stance." Goodwin, M., Cekaite, A., & Goodwin, C. In M.-L. Sorjonen & A. Perakyla (Eds.), Emotion in Interaction (pp. 16-41). Oxford: Oxford University Press. 

2012  "Car Talk: Integrating Texts, Bodies, and Changing Landscapes." Semiotica 19 (1/4). Special issue entitled Mobile Communication: Interaction in Cars edited by Pentti Haddington, Tiina Keisanen, and Maurice Nevile (with Charles Goodwin). 191 (1/4):257-286.

2011  "Peer Language Socialization" (with Amy Kyratzis). In Handbook of Language Socialization. Alessandro Duranti, Elinor Ochs, and Bambi B. Schieffelin, eds. Pp. 365-390. Malden, MA:Wiley-Blackwell.

2011  "Choreographies of Attention: Multimodality in a Routine Family Activity" (with Eve Tulbert). In Embodied Interaction: Language and Body in the Material World. Jurgen Streeck, Charles Goodwin, and Curt LeBaron, eds. Pp. 79-92. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

2011  "Engendering Children's Play: Person Reference in Children's Conflictual Interaction." In Conversation and Gender. S. A. Speer and E. Stokoe, eds. Pp. 250-271. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

2010  " 'Whatever (Neck Roll, Eye Roll, Teeth Suck)': The Situated Coproduction of Social Categories and Identities through Stancetaking and Transmodal Stylization." In Journal of Linguistic Anthropology (with H. Samy Alim) 20:1: 179-194.

2009  "Girls as Adversarial Virtuosos." In The Chicago Companion to the Child. Bidell, Thomas R., Dailey, Anne C., Dixon, Suzanne D., Miller, Peggy J. and Modell, John, eds. p. 750. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

2009  "Constructing Inequality as Situated Practice." In Video Interaction Analysis: Methods and Methodology. Ulrike Tikvah Kissmann, ed. Pp. 41-58. Frankfort: Peter Lang Verlag, Publishing Group.

2008  "The Embodiment of Friendship, Power and Marginalization in a Multi-Ethnic, Multi-Class Preadolescent U.S. Girls' Peer Group." Girlhood Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal 1 (2) (Winter):72-94.

2007  "Girls' Games." In Girl Culture: An Encyclopedia. Claudia A. Mitchell and Jacqueline Reid-Walsh, eds. Pp. 474-477. Greenwood Publishing Group.

2007  "Participation and Embodied Action in Preadolescent Girls’ Assessment Activity." In Research on Language and Social Interaction 40(4). Special Issue edited by Marjorie H. Goodwin and Amy Kyratzis.

2007  "Children Socializing Children: Practices for Negotiating the Social Order among Peers." (with Amy Kyratzis) Introduction to Research on Language and Social Interaction 40(4). Special Issue edited by Marjorie H. Goodwin and Amy Kyratzis.

2007  "Occasioned Knowledge Exploration in Family Interaction." Discourse and Society:18 (1):93-110.

2006  "Introduction." Text and Talk 26:4/5:407-409. Special issue entitled Family Discourse, Framing Family, edited by Deborah Tannen and Marjorie H. Goodwin.

2006  "Participation, Affect, and Trajectory in Family Directive/Response Sequences." Text and Talk 26:4/5: 513-542. Special issue entitled Family Discourse, Framing Family, edited by Deborah Tannen and Marjorie H. Goodwin.

2005  "Interaction, Language Practice, and the Construction of the Social Universe." Calidoscopio 3(3): UNISINOS, Sao Leopoldo, Brazil.

2004  "Participation" (with Charles Goodwin) In A Companion to Linguistic Anthropology. A. Duranti, ed., pp. 222-244.  Oxford: Basil Blackwell.

2003  "The Relevance of Ethnicity, Class, and Gender in Children's Peer Negotiations." In Handbook of Language and Gender. Janet Holmes and Miriam Meyerhoff, eds. Pp. 229-51. Oxford: Blackwell.

2002  "Exclusion in Girls' Peer Groups: Ethnographic Analysis of Language Practices on the Playground." Human Development 45: 392-415.

2002  "Building Power Asymmetries in Girls' Interactions."Discourse in Society 13.6:715-30.

2002  "Multi-modality in Girls' Game Disputes" (with Charles Goodwin and Malcah Yaeger-Dror). Journal of Pragmatics 34:1621-49.

2002  "Producing Sense with Nonsense Syllables: Turn and Sequence in the Conversations with a Man with Severe Aphasia" (with Charles Goodwin and David Olsher). The Language of Turn and Sequence. Barbara Fox, Cecilia Ford and Sandra Thompson, eds. pp. 56-80. Oxford, Oxford University Press.

2001  "Organizing Participation in Cross-Sex Jump Rope: Situating Gender Differences within Longitudinal Studies of Activities." (In special edition entitled "Gender Construction in Cross-Cultural Perspective: Views from Children's Same-Sex and Mixed Sex Peer Interactions") Research on Language and Social Interaction 34.1: 75-106.

2000  "Emotion within Situated Activity" (with Charles Goodwin). In Communication: An Arena of Development, Nancy Budwig, Ina C. Uzgiris and James V. Wertsch, eds. pp. 33-54. Mahwah, NJ. Lawrence Erlbaum (Reprinted in Linguistic Anthropology: A Reader. Alessandro Duranti, ed. pp. 239-57. Oxford: Blackwell, 2001)

1999  "Participation." Journal of Linguistic Anthropology 9.1-2: 173-76. (Republished in Key Terms in Language and Culture, Alessandro Duranti, ed pp. 172-175. Oxford: Blackwell, 2001)

1999  "Playing to Learn." Connections: Bridging Educational Research and Practice:3-5.

1999  "Morality and Accountability in Girls' Play." Proceedings of the Seventh Annual Symposium About Language and Society-Austin, Volume 43. Nisha Merchant Goss, Amanda R. Doran, and Anastasia Coles, eds. Pp. 77-86. The University of Texas at Austin, Department of Linguistics, Austin, Texas.

1999  Constructing Opposition within Girls' Games. In Reinventing Identities: From Category to Practice in Language and Gender Research, Mary Bucholtz, Anita Liang, and Laurel Sutton, eds. pp. 388- 409. New York: Oxford University Press

1998  Gender and Language in Cross-Sex Jump Rope: The Relevance of Longitudinal Studies. In The Proceedings of the Fifth Berkeley Women and Language Conference. Suzanne Wertheim, Ashlee Baley and Monica Corston-Oliver, eds. pp, 175- 86. Berkeley: Berkeley Women and Language Group.

1998  "Cooperation and Competition Across Girls' Play Activities." In Language and Gender: A Reader, Jennifer Coates, ed. Pp. 121-46. Oxford: Blackwell.

1998  "Games of Stance: Conflict and Footing in Hopscotch." In Kids' Talk: Strategic Language Use in Later Childhood, Susan Hoyle and Carolyn Temple Adger, eds. Pp.23-46. New York: Oxford University Press.

1997  "La Coopération au travail dans un aéroport" (with Charles Goodwin). Réseaux 85, pp. 129-62. (Special issue "La Coopération dans les Situations de Travail" edited by Dominique Cardon; translation of "Formulating Planes")

1997  "Toward Families of Stories in Context." Journal of Narrative and Life History 7.1-4: 107-12.

1997  "Crafting Activities: Towards a Situated View of Gender in Children's Conversation." In Social Influences on Vocal Development. Charles T. Snowdon and Martine Hausberger, eds., Pp. 328-41. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

1997  "Children's Linguistic and Social Worlds." Anthropology Newsletter 38.4: 1, 3-4. (1996-7 Theme: The Known, Unknown, and Unknowable in Anthropology)

1997  "By-Play: Negotiating Evaluation in Story-telling." In Towards a Social Science of Language: Papers in Honor of William Labov. Gregory R. Guy, John Baugh, Deborah Schiffrin, and Crawford Feagin, eds., Pp. 77-102. Philadelphia: John Benjamins.

1997  "Contested Vision: The Discursive Constitution of Rodney King" (with Charles Goodwin). In The Construction of Professional Discourse, Britt-Louise Gunnarsson, Per Linel, Bengt Nordberg, eds., Pp. 292-316, London: Longman.

1996  "Formulating Planes: Seeing as a Situated Activity" (with Charles Goodwin). In Cognition and Communication at Work, David Middleton and Yrjö Engestrom, eds. Pp. 61-95. Cambridge: Cambridge Univerisity Press.

1996  "Shifting Frame." In Social Interaction, Social Context, and Language: Essays in Honor of Susan Ervin-Tripp. Dan I. Slobin, Julie Gerhardt, Amy Kyratzis, and Jiansheng Guo, eds. Pp. 71-83. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.

1996  "Informings and Announcements in their Environment: Prosody within a Multi-Activity Work Setting." In Prosody in Conversation: Interactional Studies. Elizabeth Couper-Kuhlen and Margret Selting, eds. Pp. 436-61. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

1995  "Assembling a Response: Setting and Collaboratively Constructed Work Talk." In Situated Order: Studies in the Social Organization of Talk and Embodied Activities. Paul ten Have and George Psathas, eds. Pp. 173-86. Washington, DC: University Press of America.

1995  "Co-construction in Girls' Hop Scotch." Research on Language and Social Interaction 28.3: 261-81. (Special Issue on "Co-Construction" edited by Sally Jacoby and Elinor Ochs)

1994  "¡Ay Chillona!: Stance-Taking in Girls' Hop Scotch." Cultural Performances: Proceedings of the Third Berkeley Women and Language Conference, Mary Bucholtz, et. al. eds. Pp. 232-41. Berkeley, CA: Berkeley Women and Language Group, Linguistics Department, UC-Berkeley.

1994  "Social Differentiation and Alliance Formation in an Urban Black Children's Peer Group." In Gender Roles Through the Life Span, Michael R. Stevenson, ed. Pp. 31-43. Muncie, IN: Ball State University Press.

1994  "Instigating." In The Women and Language Debate: A Sourcebook. Camille Roman, Suzanne Juhasz and Christanne Miller, eds. Pp. 292-321. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press.

1993  "Tactical Uses of Stories." In Gender and Conversational Interaction. Deborah Tannen, ed. Pp. 110-42. New York: Oxford University Press.

1993  "Accomplishing Social Organization in Girls' Play: Patterns of Competition and Cooperation in an African American Working Class Girls' Group." In Feminist Theory and the Study of Folklore, Susan Hollis, Linda Pershing, M. J. Young, eds. Pp. 149-65. Champaign-Urbana: Illinois University Press.

1992  "Orchestrating Participation in Events: Powerful Talk among African American Girls." In Locating Power: Proceedings of the 1992 Berkeley Women and Language Conference, Kira Hall, ed. Pp. 182-96. Berkeley: Berkeley Women and Language Group, Linguistics Department, UC-Berkeley.

1992  "Context, Activity and Participation" (with Charles Goodwin). In The Contextualization of Language, Peter Auer and Aldo di Luzio, eds. Pp. 77-99. Amsterdam: Benjamins.

1992  "Assessments and the Construction of Context" (with Charles Goodwin). In Rethinking Context: Language as an Interactive Phenomenon, Alessandro Duranti and Charles Goodwin, eds. Pp. 147-90. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

1991  "Retellings, Pretellings and Hypothetical Stories." In Research on Language and Social Interaction 24:261-74. (Special issue edited by Robert Hopper; also in Asennonvaihtoja [Changes in Footing]: Essays in Honor of Auli Hakulinen. Lea Laitinen, Pirkko Nuolijärvi, Mirja Saari, eds. Pp. 43-58, Helsinki, Vastapaino)

1991  "Byplay: Participant Structure and the Framing of Collaborative Collusion." In Les Formes de la Conversation, volume 2. Bernard Conein, Michel de Fornel, and Louis Quéré, eds. Pp. 155-80. CNET, Paris.

1990  "Interstitial Argument" (with Charles Goodwin). In Conflict Talk, Allen Grimshaw, ed. Pp. 85-117. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

1990  "Tactical Uses of Stories: Participation Frameworks within Girls' and Boys' Disputes." Discourse Processes 13: 33-71.

1989  "L'Enchâssement des Récits dans des Processus Sociaux Plus Larges." Cahiers de Praxématique 11:7-27.

1988  "Cooperation and Competition Across Girls' Play Activities." In Gender and Discourse: The Power of Talk, Sue Fisher and Alexandra Todd, eds. Pp. 55-94. Norwood, NJ: Ablex. (Reprinted in Language and Gender: A Reader. Jennifer Coates, ed. Blackwell)

1988  "Social Organization in Girls' Pretend Play." In Growing Into a Modern World: Proceedings from an International Interdisciplinary Conference on the Life and Development of Children in Modern Society, Karin Ekberg and Per Egil Mjaavatn, eds. Pp. 1196-204. Trondheim: The Norwegian Centre for Child Research.

1987  "Children's Arguing" (with Charles Goodwin). In Language, Gender, and Sex in Comparative Perspective, Susan Philips, Susan Steele and Christine Tanz, eds. Pp. 200-48. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

1987  "Concurrent Operations on Talk: Notes on the Interactive Organization of Assessments" (with Charles Goodwin). IPrA Papers in Pragmatics 1:1-55.

1986  "Gesture and Coparticipation in the Activity of Searching for a Word" (with Charles Goodwin). Semiotica 62.1-2: 51-75.

1985  "The Serious Side of Jump Rope: Conversational Practices and Social Organization in the Frame of Play." Journal of American Folklore 98:315-30 (also to appear in German in a book on the social construction of reality in everyday life edited by Thomas Luckman and Jorg Bergman).

1983  "Aggravated Correction and Disagreement in Children's Conversations." Journal of Pragmatics 7:657-77.

1983  "Searching for a Word as an Interactive Activity." In Semiotics, John N. Deely and Margot D. Lenhart, eds. Pp. 129-38. New York: Plenum.

1982  "Instigating": Storytelling as Social Process." American Ethnologist 9 ("Symbolism and Cognition II''): 799-819.

1982  "Processes of Dispute Management among Urban Black Children." American Ethnologist 9:76-96.

1980  "Directive-Response Speech Sequences in Girls' and Boys' Task Activities." In Women and Language in Literature and Society, Sally McConnell-Ginet, Ruth Borker, and Nelly Furman, eds. Pp. 157-73. New York: Praeger.

1980  "Processes of Mutual Monitoring Implicated in the Production of Description Sequences." Sociological Inquiry 50.3-4: 303-17.

1980  "He-Said-She-Said: Formal Cultural Proceedings for the Construction of a Gossip Dispute Activity." American Ethnologist 7: 674-95.


Ethnography of communication, human interaction, conversation analysis, language and gender, workplace ethnography, children's social organization

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