Ph. D., University of California at Berkeley
Areas of Expertise:
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, Typology, and Endangered Languages, among others. Her research fields include linguistic politeness, grammaticalization, language contact, bilingualism, spatial language, Nahuatl, P'urhepecha, and Spanish varieties.
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.
In Fall 2019, Dr. Mendoza delivered a Keynote address titled Grammars of Space: The Case of Nahuatl and P'urhepecha at the I Jornadas Internacionales de Estudios Lingüísticos (JELing 2019), held at the National University of Cuyo in Argentina.
Currently, she is working on the compilation of a bilingual dictionary P’urhepecha-Spanish.
Among her recent publications are:
Mendoza, M. (2019). Spatial Language and the Use of Body-Part Terms in Nahuatl and P'urhepecha. Proceedings of the Florida Linguistics Yearly Meeting 5, 6(1), 37-50. https://journals.flvc.org/floridalinguisticspapers/article/view/116771Mendoza, M. (2017). La conceptualización lingüística del paisaje: El caso del purépecha. In M. Bortolon, E. del C. Pérez, M. Montes & P. García Ficarra (Eds.), Aportes a la lingüística cognitiva (pp. 263-277). Córdoba, Argentina: Editorial de la Universidad Nacional de Córdoba. https://aalico.com.ar/aportes-a-la-linguistica-cognitiva/
Mendoza, M. (2016). Spanish and P'urhepecha: Mutual Influences in an Ongoing Case of Language Contact in Central Western Mexico. Thesaurus, 58, 156-179.