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Madeleine Mathiot, Professor emeritus, received her Ph.D. in Anthropology from the Catholic University of America after receiving her M.S. in Linguistics from Georgetown University. Her work is in three areas:
I. The Structure of Conversation
Her study, Talk in Interactive Events: The View from Within, gives an account of the structural elements used by the participants in 12 naturally occurring conversations (see links below).
It provides the context within which anyone who is interested can investigate linguistic phenomena, for instance, the syntax of conversation,and aspects of interpersonal dynamics, namely, how the participants utilize the structural elements at their disposal for interactive purpose.
Interaction between intimates
Case Study 1: The Golden Girls of Hamburg: Three Women at a Bar
Case Study 2: Once a Therapist, always a Therapist
Case Study 3: Man Troubles Talk: Two Housemates Shoot the Breeze Ga's version; Ge's version
Case Study 4: Reconciliation
Case Study 5: Driving to Toronto with the Family
Case Study 6: Back from the Bridal Shower
Case Study 7: Dinner with the Family
Case Study 8: Mother and Son on the Telephone
Interaction between co-workers in the work place
Interaction between intimates who are also co-workers
Case Study 12: A Productivity meeting on the Thruway
- Meaning Attribution to Behavior in Face to Face Interaction—A Hermaneutic-Phenomenological Approach. ROLSI, Special Issue: Multichannel Communication Codes, Vo. 20 Part I, edited by Stuart J Sigman, pp271-375, 1986.
- The Rhythmical Patterning of Talk in Everyday Conversation. L.A.U.D. A.195, 1987.
- Individual Variation in Participant's Accounts of their own Interaction, to appear in Semiotica, 2013.
- Jim and Bonnie's Telephone Conversation Revisited: A Semiotic Approach, in preparation.
II. Meaning conveyed through the Linguistic System
(1) Meaning of grammatical categories
- Noun Classes and Folk Taxonomy in Papago, American Anthropologist, Vol 64, No 2, pp. 340-50, 1962.
- The Cognitive Significance of the Category of Nominal Number in Papago, in: Studies in Southwestern Ethno-linguistics, edited by Dell Hyme, Mouton & Co, The Hague, pp.197-237, 1967.
- Sex Roles as Revealed through Referential Gender in American English, in: Ethno-linguistics: Boas, Sapir and Whorf Revisited, edited by Madeleine Mathiot, The Hague: Mouton, pp. 4-49, 1979.
(2) Meaning of lexical items
- Folk Definitions as a Tool for the Analysis of Lexical Meaning, in: Ethno-linguistics: pp. 121- 260,1979.
- Semantics of Sensory Perception Terms, in: Language Invariants and Mental Operations, International Interdisciplinary Conference held at Gummersback/Cologne, Germany, September 18-23, 1983, edited by Hansjakob Seiler and Gunter Brettschneider, Gunter Narr Verla Tubingen, pp.135-161, 1985.
(3) Method in Semantic Analysis
- The Self-Disclosure Technique for Ethnographic Elicitation, in: Semiotics 1980, edited by Michael Herzfeld and Margot Lenhart, Plenum Press, pp.339-346, 1981.
- On Generalizing in the Case Study Approach, in: Linguistique et Facteurs Socio-Culturels, a special issue of La Linguistique edited by Anne Lefevre and Dalila Morsley, La Linguistique, Vol 26, pp. 129- 151, 1990.
III. The 'O'odham language
The Reminiscenses of Juan Dolores, an Early 'O'odham Linguist, in: Anthropological Linguistics, Vol. 33, No. 3, pp.233-316, 1991 (for corrected text, see 'O'odham text page).