Michoacán, MéxicoMartha Mendoza
Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley
Associate Professor

Areas of Expertise

Hispanic Linguistics
Mesoamerican languages

E-mail:  mmendoza@fau.edu
Office Phone:  561-297-1090
     Michoacán, México

Dr. Martha Mendoza teaches Linguistics and Spanish Linguistics. She has taught courses on History of Spanish, Structure of Spanish, Spanish Morpho-Syntax, Spanish Phonology & Dialectology, Semantics, Pragmatics, Bilingualism, Grammaticalization, Cognitive Linguistics, and Endangered Languages, among others. Her research fields include linguistic politeness, grammaticalization, language contact, bilingualism, spatial language, P'urhepecha (Mexican indigenous language), and Spanish in the U.S.

Among her recent publications are:

"Polite Diminutives in Spanish: A Matter of Size?" (John Benjamins, 2005)

“Size Matters: Grammaticalization, Metaphor, and the Spanish Diminutive” (Estudios de Lingüística Aplicada, 2011): http://ela.cele.unam.mx/doctos/ela54/ELA54Texto6.pdf

"Derivational Resources in P'urhepecha: Morphological Complexity and Verb Formation" (Acta Linguistica Hungarica, 2007): http://www.akademiai.com/doi/abs/10.1556/ALing.54.2007.2.3

"Spatial Language in Tarascan: Body Parts, Shape, and the Grammar of Location" (Berkeley Linguistics Society, 2012): http://linguistics.berkeley.edu/bls/previous_proceedings/bls32.pdf

In Spring 2006, Dr. Mendoza was a visiting Associate Professor at the University of California at Berkeley, where she taught Hispanic Linguistics. In 2008, she won the award for Excellence and Innovation in Undergraduate Advising. 

Currently, she is working on the compilation of a bilingual dictionary P’urhepecha-Spanish.



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