In its dynamic evolution of supporting people in crisis, social
work showed that it started as a charity of religious moral values
and it has evolved to an institutionalized field, indispensable for
Topicality: In the early stage of our approach, interesting
and worrying was the finding that in the impressive English and
French bibliography sources, there were no concerns for a
semiotic analysis of the field language. Language and discourse
analysis in social sciences has become increasingly popular over
the past thirty years. Only very recently has it been applied to the
study of social work, due to the fact that communication and
language is central to social work practice. (Hall, C., 2006 p.3).
Local literature of social work began its development along
with professional renaissance in Romania after 1990. The field
literature is heavily influenced by the American literature and,
thus, we implicitly assist at the problem stated in the previous
Globally, in the past decade, the research of specialists in
social work began to be influenced by applying the axioms of the
school from Palo Alto, the ethno methodology, Goffman’s micro
sociology, and the models of semiotics. Also, in recent years, the professional language analysis of social work experienced a
modest, but encouraging activity, by English authors: Martin
Bloom, Katherine Wood, Adrienne Chambon, C. Hall, S.
Slembrouck, St. Sarang, J. K Whittaker, and Karen Heal.