Language in the Trump Era: Scandals and EmergenciesLondon

Cambridge University Press.

Edited by: 
-Janet McIntosh, Brandeis University, Massachusetts, 
-Norma MendozaDenton, University of California, Los Angeles

Early in his campaign, Donald Trump boasted that 'I know words. I have the best words', yet despite these assurances, his speech style has sown conflict even as it has powered his meteoric rise. If the Trump era feels like a political crisis to many, it is also a linguistic one. Trump has repeatedly alarmed people around the world while exciting his fan-base with his unprecedented rhetorical style, shock-tweeting, and weaponized words. Using many detailed examples, this fascinating and highly topical book reveals how Trump's rallying cries, boasts, accusations, and mockery enlist many of his supporters into his alternate reality. From Trump's relationship to the truth to his use of gesture to the anti-immigrant tenor of his language, it illuminates the less obvious mechanisms by which language in the Trump era has widened divisions along lines of class, gender, race, international relations, and even the sense of truth itself.


Homegirls: Language and Cultural Practice among Latina Youth Gangs. London: Blackwell.


In this ground-breaking new book on the Norteña and Sureña (North/South) youth gang dynamic, cultural anthropologist and linguist Norma Mendoza-Denton looks at the daily lives of young Latinas and their innovative use of speech, bodily practices, and symbolic exchanges that signal their gang affiliations and ideologies. Her engrossing ethnographic and sociolinguistic study reveals the connection of language behavior and other symbolic practices among Latina gang girls in California,and their connections to larger social processes of nationalism,racial/ethnic consciousness, and gender identity.
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2018 (in press)            


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Language and Social Meaning in Bilingual Mexico and the United States (1st author, with Bryan Gordon) in Diaz-Campos, Manuel (ed.) Handbook of Spanish Sociolinguistics. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell




Individuals and Communities. In Johnstone, Barbara, Paul Kerswill and Ruth Wodak. The Sage Handbook of Sociolinguistics. London:Sage.



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Sociolinguistic Extensions of Exemplar Theory. In Cole, J., and Hualde, J. (eds.)  Laboratory Phonology 9. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter. (pp. 443-454)



Homegirls Remembered: Memorializing Practices Linking Language and Materiality among California Latina/o Gang-Involved Youth.  In Hodkinson, P., and W. Deicke (ed.) Youth Cultures: Scenes, Subcultures, and Tribes. London: Routledge. (pp. 123-147)



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The Anguish of Normative Gender. In Bucholtz, Mary (ed.), Language and Woman's Place II: Text and Commentaries, 2nd ed. Oxford University Press. (pp. 343-355)

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Probabilistic Sociolinguistics (1st author, with Jennifer Hay and Stefanie Jannedy). In Bod, Hay, and Jannedy (eds.) Probability Theory in Linguistics. MIT Press. (pp. 98-138)




Style. In Duranti, A. (ed.) Key Terms in Language and Culture. London: Blackwell. (Revision of 2000)



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Turn-initial “No”:  Collaborative Opposition Among Latina Adolescents. In Bucholtz, Liang and Sutton (eds.) Reinventing Identities: From Category to Practice in Language and Gender. Oxford University Press. (pp. 273-292)



Fighting Words: Latina Girls, Gangs, and Language Attitudes. In Galindo and Gonzalez-Vasquez (eds.), Speaking Chicana.  University of Arizona Press. (pp. 39-56)



“Oyes Tú”: Linguistic Stereotyping as Stance and Alliance. In Loftin  and Silberman (eds.), SALSA II: Proceedings of the Second Annual  Symposium About Language and Society -- Austin. Austin: Department  of Linguistics, University of Texas.




Pregnant Pauses: Silence and Authority in the Hill-Thomas Hearings. 

In Bucholtz and Hall (eds.), Gender Articulated: Language and the  Culturally Constructed Self. Routledge: New York. (pp. 51-66)

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“They Speak More Caucasian”: Generational Differences in the Speech  of Japanese-Americans (1st author, with Melissa Iwai). In Queen and Barrett  (eds.), SALSA I: Proceedings of the First Annual Symposium About  Language and Society -- Austin. Austin: Department of Linguistics,  University of Texas. (pp. 58-67)



Variation in Gap Length in the Anita Hill/Clarence Thomas Cross  Examination Discourse. In Hall and Bucholtz (eds.). Locating Power:  Proceedings of the Berkeley Women and Language Conference.   Berkeley: University of California Press. (pp. 404-408)

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