Dr Jenelle Thomas

Modern Languages
Departmental Lecturer in French Linguistics



Academic Background

BA, American University, 2010
PhD, University of California, Berkeley, 2017 (Romance linguistics) 

Undergraduate Teaching

Dr Thomas teaches contemporary and historical French linguistics, French language, and topics in general linguistics.

Research Interests

Historical sociolinguistics, particularly historical bilingualism and language contact; comparative Romance linguistics, early and late modern French and Spanish.


Forthcoming. Sincere or heart-felt?: Sincerity, convention, and bilingualism in French and Spanish letters. Multilingua.

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.


Cooking and baking, yoga, hiking, travel.