Dr Jenelle Thomas

Departmental Lecturer in French Linguistics

Jenelle Thomas, PhD (UC Berkeley)


My research focuses on the historical sociolinguistics of multilingualism and language contact, most recently in the context of colonial Louisiana. Other research interests include comparative Romance linguistics and language variation and change in early and late modern French and Spanish.


Historical and modern French linguistics (Papers IV and V), general linguistics (Paper XIII), French language.


2017. “Past tenses in contact in 18th and 19th century French and Spanish.” Proceedings of the Forty-Third Annual Meeting of the Berkeley Linguistics Society. Berkeley, CA: Berkeley Linguistics Society, pp. 415-431.

2017. “Vous êtes hombre de bien”: A study of bilingual family letters to and from colonial Louisiana, 1748-1867. University of California, Berkeley. PhD dissertation.


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