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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This speaker series was developed by Professor Caballero as part of her class, Introduction to Latinx Studies. It is designed to share the diversity and contributions of the local New Orleans Latinx community. Each speaker shares their perspective on a wide array of important topics relating to community and the city. In order to attend these online events, please REGISTER HERE

  • Thursday, September 17th – Rafael Delgadillo, PhD Candidate at UC-Santa Cruz in Latin American and Latino Studies
  • Thursday, October 1st – Leticia Casilda, Familia Unidas en Acción Familias Unidas en Acción was founded in 2018 with the vision of providing immigrant families in the greater New Orleans area and Louisiana with the resources needed to thrive in a new community without forgetting their own culture and history. We are the only community organization in New Orleans and Louisiana primarily focused on providing shelter and transitional support to recently arrived immigrant families. Our membership is made up of impacted immigrant families who believe that our families and children deserve equal opportunities, respect as human beings, access to their histories and culture, and to be acknowledged as productive members of society.
  • Thursday October 15 – Fermín Ceballos, musician and writer – Fermín Ceballos is a tri-lingual Afro-Dominican songwriter, musician, bandleader, composer, actor, and poet living and creating art in New Orleans, Louisiana. He studied art & music at the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo (UASD) and was a professor of music for the Dominican Republic Secretary of State for Culture National School System. His primary musical instruments are the accordion, guitar, piano, and voice. Fermín continually works on several musical projects in the Gulf South and the US; such as Merengue4-FOUR, a musical project focused on Dominican Music (Bachata & Merengue Típico), Fermín‘€™s Latin Fusion Orchestra performing original salsa inspired compositions, and Fermín Acústico a musical concept based on guitar and voice. With all his projects, he performs original compositions based on his fusion of different sounds and musical rhythms. In 2019, he released his first book of poems in Spanish and English entitled Pisando Mi Sombra (Walking My Shadow).
  • Thursday, October 29th – Christopher Louis Romaguera. Romaguera is Cuban-American writer who lives in New Orleans, Louisiana. He was born in Hialeah, Florida and graduated from Florida International University in Miami, Florida. Romaguera has been published in The Daily Beast, Curbed National, Peauxdunque Review, New Orleans Review, PANK Magazine and other publications. He is a monthly columnist at The Ploughshares Blog. He has an MFA in Creative Writing at the University of New Orleans.
  • Thursday, November 12th TBD

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