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
Overseas Experience
  • Lesser Antilles
  • France
  • Haiti
Selected Publications
  • 2017. “La Louisiane.” In Reutner, Ursula (ed.). Manuel de francophonies. Situation sociolinguistique, aménagement linguistique et particularités du français. Berlin : de Gruyter. 394-428
  • 2015. “Beyond Cajun: Toward an expanded view of regional French in Louisiana.” In Picone, Michael D. and Catherine Evans Davies (eds.). New perspectives on language variety in the South. Historical and contemporary approaches. Tuscaloosa: The University of Alabama Press. 627-640.
  • 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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Latin American Writers Series: Andrea Palet (Editorial Laurel)--POSTPONED

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Due to the current unrest in Chile, this event has been postponed until further notice. More details coming soon.

Editorial Director Andrea Palet presents the history, philosophy, and ongoing projects of Editorial Laurel, a publishing house founded in Santiago, Chile in 2014. Her presentation sheds light on the changing landscape of literature in the Americas today. It will be followed by a reception. This event will be held in Spanish.

About the Latin American Writers Series

This series brings together Latin America’s most representative creative voices and the editorial entrepreneurs that publish them. By way of interviews conducted by renowned Ecuadorian writer Gabriela Alemán and presentations of various editorial missions, the guests will shed light on a literary world shaped by the contemporary issues of the continent. Moving forward, their conversations will comprise the centerpiece of a digital archive that introduces their ideas to a global audience.

Este serie reúne a los autores más representativos de la escritura continental y los editores que los publican. A través de entrevistas con la reconocida escritora ecuatoriana Gabriela Alemán y presentaciones de proyectos editoriales, los invitados explorarán los vínculos entre el mundo literario y la realidad continental. Sus conversaciones se convertirán después en el eje de un archivo digital que busca llevar estas ideas a un público global.

About the Speaker

Andrea Palet is the founding editorial director of Editorial Laurel, established in 2014 in Santiago, Chile. Under her leadership, the house has released the works of more than 20 novelists, essayists, and chroniclers. Paleta also oversees the Master of Editing program at the Universidad de Diego Portales. A collection of her columns, Leo y olvido, was released in 2018 by Ediciones Bastante.

Latin American Writers Series: Power Paola

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Ecuadorian author and Tulane Visiting scholar Gabriela Alemán interviews Colombian writer and visual artist Power Paola about her life, interests, and influences. Their discussion will be followed by an open Q&A and an informal reception. This event will be held in Spanish.

About the Latin American Writers Series

This series brings together Latin America’s most representative creative voices and the editorial entrepreneurs that publish them. By way of interviews conducted by renowned Ecuadorian writer Gabriela Alemán and presentations of various editorial missions, the guests will shed light on a literary world shaped by the contemporary issues of the continent. Moving forward, their conversations will comprise the centerpiece of a digital archive that introduces their ideas to a global audience.

Este serie reúne a los autores más representativos de la escritura continental y los editores que los publican. A través de entrevistas con la reconocida escritora ecuatoriana Gabriela Alemán y presentaciones de proyectos editoriales, los invitados explorarán los vínculos entre el mundo literario y la realidad continental. Sus conversaciones se convertirán después en el eje de un archivo digital que busca llevar estas ideas a un público global.

About the Author

Powerpaola was born Paola Andrea Gaviria Silguero in Cali, Colombia. Writer, visual artist, and filmmaker, she has published the graphic novels Virus Tropical (2011), Por Dentro_ (2012), _Diario_ (2013), _qp_ (2014), _Todo va a estar bien (2015), and Nos vamos (2016). She also collaborated on the film adaptation of Virus Tropical, which won the 2019 Quirino award for Best Ibero-American Animation Feature Film. Her artwork has been exhibited in museums and galleries in Europe, Austrialia, and the Americas.

Latin American Writers Series: Martín Fernández (Casa Editorial HUM/Estuario Editora)

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Martín Fernández, editorial director of Casa Editorial HUM and Estuario Editora in Montevideo, Uruguay, presents the houses’ histories, missions, and ongoing projects. His presentation sheds light on the changing landscape of literature in the Americas today. It will be followed by an informal reception. Note: This event will be held in Spanish.

About the Latin American Writers Series

This series brings together Latin America’s most representative creative voices and the editorial entrepreneurs that publish them. By way of interviews conducted by renowned Ecuadorian writer Gabriela Alemán and presentations of various editorial missions, the guests will shed light on a literary world shaped by the contemporary issues of the continent. Moving forward, their conversations will comprise the centerpiece of a digital archive that introduces their ideas to a global audience.

Este serie reúne a los autores más representativos de la escritura continental y los editores que los publican. A través de entrevistas con la reconocida escritora ecuatoriana Gabriela Alemán y presentaciones de proyectos editoriales, los invitados explorarán los vínculos entre el mundo literario y la realidad continental. Sus conversaciones se convertirán después en el eje de un archivo digital que busca llevar estas ideas a un público global.

About the Speaker

Martin Fernández is the Editorial director of the publishing houses Casa Editorial HUM and Estuario Editora in Montevideo, Uruguay. He founded HUM in 2007 after leaving his previous project, the underground publishing house ArteFato, which he co-directed between 2004 and 2007. HUM and Estuario publish contemporary Uruguayan literature in high-quality, aesthetically distinct editions. They have collectively released more than 400 titles.

Latin American Writers Series: Alberto Barrera Tyszka

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Ecuadorian writer and Tulane Visiting Scholar Gabriela Alemán interviews Venezuelan writer Alberto Barrera Tyszka about his life, interests, and influences. Their discussion will be followed by an open Q&A and an informal reception. This event will be held in Spanish.

About the Latin American Writers Series

This series brings together Latin America’s most representative creative voices and the editorial entrepreneurs that publish them. By way of interviews conducted by renowned Ecuadorian writer Gabriela Alemán and presentations of various editorial missions, the guests will shed light on a literary world shaped by the contemporary issues of the continent. Moving forward, their conversations will comprise the centerpiece of a digital archive that introduces their ideas to a global audience.

Este serie reúne a los autores más representativos de la escritura continental y los editores que los publican. A través de entrevistas con la reconocida escritora ecuatoriana Gabriela Alemán y presentaciones de proyectos editoriales, los invitados explorarán los vínculos entre el mundo literario y la realidad continental. Sus conversaciones se convertirán después en el eje de un archivo digital que busca llevar estas ideas a un público global.

About the Author

Born in Caracas, Alberto Barrera Tyszka has published over a dozen works of poetry, short story, chronicle, novel, and biography. His most recent publications include the novels Patria o Muerte (2015) and Rating (2011), the poetic anthology La inquietud (2013), the collection of chronicles Un país a la semana (2013), and the short story collection Crímenes (2009). In 2005, he collaborated with Cristina Marcano to write the definitive biography of Hugo Chávez, Hugo Chávez sin uniforme: una historia personal (2005). Patria o muerte won the 2015 Premio Tusquets de Novela, and his novel La enfermedad, translated into English as The Sickness (2010), received the 2006 Herralde Award. Barrera also writes for television and has scripted soap operas for Venezuelan, Mexican, Colombian, and Argentinian networks.