Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute

Tulane University

Thomas A. Klingler

Professor - French & Italian

Contact Info
klingler@tulane.edu

Department Affiliation
French & Italian

Degrees

  • B.A., Manchester College, French, 1983
  • M.A., Indiana University, French Linguistics, 1986
  • M.A., Indiana University, General Linguistics, 1988
  • Ph.D., Indiana University, French Linguistics, 1992

Academic Experience

  • Associate Professor, Tulane University, 1998-2018
  • Assistant Professor, Tulane University, 1992-1998

Research & Teaching Specializations: Louisiana, Haiti, Language/Linguistics, Creole Languages and Cultures

Related Experience

  • Director of Graduate Studies, Department of French and Italian, Tulane University, 2000-2003
  • President, CODOFIL Consortium of Louisiana Universities and Colleges, 2002-2003
  • Reviewer, National Science Foundation, 1999
  • Research Assistant, Louisiana Creole Dictionary Project, 1988-1991
  • Editorial Board (comité scientifique) of Nouvelles Etudes Francophones. 2004-

Distinctions

  • Named Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Academic (Knight in the Order of the Academic Palmes) by the French Minister of Education, 2013
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Research Fellowship, 2004-2005
  • Louisiana Board of Regents Support Fund Enhancement Grant, 2003-2006
  • American Council of Learned Societies Research Fellowship, 2003-2004
  • Cane River National Heritage Area Research Grant, 2003-2004
  • Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities Outreach Grant, 2003

Languages:

  • French
  • German
  • Creole

Selected Publications

  • 2013. “Louisiana Creole.” With Ingrid Neumann-Holzschuh. In The Survey of Pidgin and Creole Languages, vol II, Portuguese-based, Spanish-based, and French-based languages. Susanne Maria Michaelis, Philippe Maurer, Martin Haspelmath, and Magnus Huber, eds. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 229-240.
  • 2013. Le Bijou sur le Bayou Teche/The Jewel on the Bayou Teche. With students in FREN 4110/6110 Field Research on French in Louisiana. A documentary of language and culture along Lousiana’s Bayou Teche.
  • 2013. “Louisiana Creole structure dataset.” With Ingrid Neumann-Holzschuh. In Atlas of Pidgin and Creole Language Structures. Susanne Maria Michaelis, Philippe Maurer, Martin Haspelmath, and Magnus Huber, eds. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology.
  • 2012. “French in a non-Acadian community: A phonological study of the French of Ville Platte, Louisiana.” With Chantal Lyche. In Phonological Variation in French: Illustrations from three continents. Gess Randall, Chantal Lyche and Trudel Meisenberg, eds. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. 275-312.
  • 2010. “Conversation à la Ville Platte (Louisiana Unis): langue et musique en Louisiane.” In Les variétes du francais parlé dans l’espace francophone. Ressources pour l’enseignement. Detey, Sylvain, Jacques Durand, Bernard Laks and Chantal Lyche, eds. Paris: Ophrys. ISBN 978-2-7080-1283-7. Partie VII, chap. 5. 341-354.
  • 2009. “How Much Acadian is there in Cajun?” In Acadians and Cajuns: The Politics and Culture of French Minorities in North America. Ursula Mathis-Moser and Günter Bischof, eds. Innsbruck: Innsbruck University Press. 91-103.
  • 2009. Dictionary of Louisiana French as Spoken in Cajun, Creole, and American Indian Communities. With Albert Valdman, et al. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi.
  • 2006. “Louisiana Creole at the periphery”. With Nathalie Dajko. In History, Society, and Variation in Pidgins and Creoles. Clancy J. Clements et al., eds. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. 11-28.
  • 2003. ‘‘If I Could Turn my Tongue Like That”: The Creole of Pointe Coupee Parish, Louisiana. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press.
  • 1998. Dictionary of Louisiana Creole. With Albert Valdman et al. Bloomington: Indiana University Press.

Recently-Taught Latin American-Related Courses: FREN-4080: French Around the World, ANTH-6415: Pidgins and Creoles

Number of Dissertations or Theses Supervised in the Past 5 Years: 3

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Carnaval Latino and Parade of the Americas

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Join us for the 19th annual Carnaval Latino festival in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month on October 13 through October 15, 2018.

The Hispanic culture has thrived in New Orleans for almost 300 years, and Spanish influence can be seen all over the city. To celebrate the best of Latin culture, Carnaval Latino returns to the downtown area.

The Hispanic American Musicians and Artists Cultural Association hosts the festival to celebrate the music, food, art and culture of Latin America. Numerous musicians, both locally and from overseas, perform to honor the rich Spanish heritage in New Orleans.

In addition to live music and fantastic food, the Krewe of Quetzal will kick off the celebration with a New Orleans style parade, Desfile de Las Americas, or Parade of the Americas, on Saturday, October 13. See the Hispanic community ride in elaborate costumes, throwing souvenirs to the crowds. After the parade, festival goers will then enjoy Latin music, art, food and drink, during Carnaval Latino’s festival at Generations Hall in the Warehouse District.

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Forging a New World: Books & Writing in Early Spanish America, 1492-1821

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On Wednesday, November 14, the Latin American Library at Tulane University will host Dr. Hortensia Calvo, Doris Stone Director of the Latin American Library, for a talk titled, Forging a New World: Books & Writing in Early Spanish America, 1492-1821.

This presentation is part of the Tulane University Women’s Association’s Jane and Herbert Longenecker Lecture Series. The event is dedicated to María García Daly.