Norma A. Mendoza

Associate Professor - Anthropology at University of Arizona

888 N EUCLID AVE, Tucson, Arizona, United States
University of Arizona
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Last Updated 3/25/2012

General Information

Employment History

Researcher  - University of Arkansas


Assistant Professor of Marketing and Logistics  - Sam M. Walton College of Business

Professor, Visiting Fellow  - Humanities Center

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Professor Norma Mendoza-Denton
Visiting Fellow - Humanities Research Center, Australian National University, Canberra, ACT, Australia Professor - Department of Anthropology, University of California, Los Angeles Professor (on leave 2014-2015) - School of Anthropology, University of Arizona, Tucson Talk title: Professor Mendoza-Denton will address a central but often overlooked feature of linguistic variation: it unfolds in the course of interaction, often in conversational interaction. Most of our models for understanding language variation use pooled language sources, averaging across speakers with similar characteristics, or over many tokens of a linguistic variable for a particular speaker. These models allow us to look at the overall statistical patterns according to researcher categories, and yet data aggregation obscures the implementation of linguistic variables as they unfold moment-to-moment in an interaction. For this reason, sociolinguistic theory has a relatively impoverished understanding of the role of language in interactional synchrony and speaker entrainment. We understand statistically-robust language patterns as the summation of interactional decision points over the course of many interactions. Norma will discuss some of the various attempts in the literature to come to terms with modelling variation in interaction, from Condon and Ogston's (1966) early psychologically-oriented work, to the California Style collective's (1993) score setting, to Podesva's (2005) clustering model to Dubois' (2007) syntactic diagraph displays. She will survey the literature and conduct analysis on phonetic and discourse processes present in data from talk-in-interaction, paying attention to sociophonetics, voice quality, gesture, and breathing, with a particular emphasis on understanding the social as well as the linguistic drives in variation.

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Norma Mendoza-Denton: Why do we laud "toughness" in politics?
Norma Mendoza-Denton Buy Now Norma Mendoza-Denton is an associate professor in the School of Anthropology at the University of Arizona. She is working on a book titled, "Citizen Rage: Town Hall Meetings and the Public Expression of Dissent in American Politics. Contact her at

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NYAS @ Wenner-Gren: 2/25 | The Wenner-Gren Foundation

The latest session of the 2013 Anthropology Section Lecture Series was held Monday, February 25th, when we welcomed Norma Mendoza-Denton of the University of Arizona to our offices to discuss her work on American town-hall meetings and the performance and management of confrontation in Citizen Rage: Town Hall Meetings and Constituent Disagreement in American Politics. (Read the original blog post.)

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