Maria delaluz Matus-Mendoza, PhD

Associate Professor of Spanish

Maria Delaluz Matus-Mendoza

Office: Language and Communication Center 212A
Phone: 215.895.2171


  • PhD, Spanish, Temple University, 1999

Research and Teaching Interests

  • Spanish Linguistic Variation in the U.S.
  • The relationship between language variation and mobility (social and geographical) among the Mexican communities in Mexico and in the United States
  • Second Language Acquisition
  • Language Variation in media

Research Projects

  • Published in several national and international journals. Even though the role of gender is always present in Matus-Mendoza's research, one of her most recent publications, “Gender Roles and the Variants of /r/” deals directly with the changing gender roles in a migrant community and how this is reflected in their language.

Selected Publications

  • Road to Kenny: Migration and Affricate /č/. Southwest Journal of Linguisitcs. 2008, vol. 27 Issue 2, p 65-78, 2007.
  • Affricate /č/ in an Immigrant Community. PAMAPLA 28 / ACALPA 28. Papers from the Twenty-Eight Annual Meeting of the Atlantic Provinces Linguistic Association. Université de Moncton, Nouveau-Brunswick, Canada, 2007.
  • Linguistic Variation in Mexican Spanish as Spoken in Two Communities-Moroleón, Mexico and Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. (2002). New York: Mellen Press, 2002.