Major in Foreign Language

Bachelor of Arts Degree • School of Arts and Sciences

Foreign Language Major


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Juan A. Thomas, PhD

Associate Professor of Spanish

Juan en Costa Rica


Juan A Thomas, Ph.D. in Hispanic Linguistics  (University at Albany, 2006); Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry (MIT,  1992)

Associate Professor of Spanish

Office: 102 De Perno
Email: jathomas @ utica . edu

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Research Interests:

Languages in contact; attitudes in Second Language Acquisition; phonology; philology (Hispanic, Italian, Galician)

Languages Spoken:

Spanish, English, Italian, Galician-Portuguese, French, German (reading knowledge); Latin (reading knowledge)

Selected Publications

Edited volume

Westmoreland, Maurice and Juan Antonio Thomas (eds). 2008. Selected Proceedings of the 4th Workshop on Spanish Sociolinguistics Somerville, MA: Cascadilla. vii+ 161 pages.


Thomas, J.A. (2016). "Queísmo in the Spanish of Utica, New York: pluricentric variable?" In Muhr, R., E. Duarte, A. Mendes, C. Amorós Negre & J. A. Thomas (Eds). Pluricentric languages and non-dominant varieties worldwide: volume 2:The pluricentricity of Portuguese and Spanish: New concepts and descriptions. Frankfurt a.M./ Wien u.a.: Peter Lang Verlag. pp. 207 -220

Thomas, J.A. (2015). El contacto lingüístico en la literatura aljamiada ¿Dónde está Dios? In Gordejuela Senosiáin, A., Izquierdo Alegría, D., Jiménez Berrio, F., De Lucas Vicente, A. y M. Casado Velarde (eds.): Lenguas, lenguaje y lingüística. Contribuciones desde la Lingüística General. Pamplona: Servicio de Publicaciones de la Universidad de Navarra. pp.551-561.

Thomas, J.A. (2013). "What is Utica Spanish like ?" In Département de Linguistique de l'Université de Genève (Ed). Travaux du 19ème Congrès International des Linguistes. Genève, Switzerland.

Thomas, J.A. (2015). In search of a standard: Spanish in a small, upstate NY community. In Rudolf Muhr, Dawn Marley (Eds), Pluricentric Languages: New perspectives in theory and description   Frankfurt a.M. / Wien u.a.: Peter Lang

Thomas, J.A. 2013. Watching the development of US Spanish: Data from a small, upstate city in New York. In R. Muhr, C. Amorós Negre, C. Fernández Juncal, K. Zimmermann, E. Prieto and Na. Hernández (Eds), Exploring linguistic standards in non-dominant varieties of pluricentric languages/ Explorando estándardes lingüísticos en variedades no dominantes de lenguas pluricéntricas(pp 457-471). Frankfurt a.M. / Wien u.a.: Peter Lang Verlag.

Thomas, J.A. 2012. Language selection by Hispanics in a small upstate New York community.  Sociolinguistic Studies 6.3, 571-593.

Thomas, J.A. 2013. Spanish in the health professions: How Spanish mediates in students' attitudes toward language study. In M. Libenson & B. O'Rourke (eds) Working papers in Spanish in society (pp. 62-71).  Southhampton, U.K.: International Association for the Study of Spanish in Society

Thomas, J.A. 2012. Una polifonía lingüística: lenguas mediterráneas en contacto en Nápoles. In E. Ridruejo Alonso, T. Solías Arís, N. Mendizábel de la Cruz & S. Alonso Calvo (eds), 
Tradición y progreso en la lingüística general (pp 373-392). Valladolid, Spain: Universidad de Valladolid.
Thomas, J.A. & Lotfi Sayahi. 2012. A Quantitative Analysis of Code-switching in the Arabic-Romance Kharjas.Journal of Language Contact. 5.2, 1-17.

Thomas, J.A. 2011. How Neapolitan produces double consonants from Spanish singletons. Ianua: Revista Philologica Romanica. 11, 31-42.

Thomas, J.A. & Culyer, Linda. 2011. Health Care Students' Attitudes toward Language Study: Multilingualism and Multiculturalism in a Small New York Community. Language Association Journal, 62.2, 39-61.
Thomas, J.A. 2011. Does Mi vida loca Inspire Students to Learn Spanish? In R. Goldberg & W. White (Eds), People, practices, and programs that inspire. Buffalo, NY: NYSAFLT. 

Thomas, J. A. 2010. How do I satisfy the General Education Language Requirement? University Students' Attitudes Toward Language Study. Foreign Language Annals 43.3,  531- 551.
Thomas, J. A. 2009. Hispanisms in Neapolitan: Loanwords as Indicators of Past Social Contact. Forum Italicum 43.2,  433- 452.

Thomas, J.A. 2008. Introduction In Selected Proceedings of the 4th Workshop on Spanish Sociolinguistics Somerville, MA: Cascadilla. v-vii.

Thomas, J.A. 2008. ‘Bueno’ a Pragmatic Castilianism in GalicianIn Selected Proceedings of the 4th Workshop on Spanish Sociolinguistics Somerville, MA: Cascadilla. 131-139

Thomas, J. A. 2008. Reflexiones metalingüísticas acerca del voseo costarricense. Spanish in Context. 5:2; 182-195.

Thomas, J. A. 2007. Teaching Intermediate College Level Spanish in New York State High Schools: A Year of Observations. Language Association Journal. 58.3. 6-9.

Thomas, J. A. 2007. Comprehension of L2 videos: Does what works for French in Action work for Destinos? Language Association Journal. 58.1. 12 –15.

Thomas, J. A. 2007. The use of gheada in three generations of women from Carballo, A Coruña. In Selected Proceedings of the Third Workshop on Spanish Sociolinguistics, ed. J. Holmquist, A. Lorenzino, and L. Sayahi, Somerville, MA: Cascadilla. 61-73.

Thomas, J. A. 2005. La divergencia entre actitudes y conducta lingüísticas: la gheada gallega y la formación de un registro culto oral. In Selected Proceedings of the Second Workshop on Spanish Sociolinguistics, ed. L. Sayahi and M. Westmoreland. Somerville, MA: Cascadilla. 54 – 66.

Thomas J. A., & Sayahi, L. (2005). Morphophonological and semantic adaptation of Arabismsin GalicianCahiers linguistiques d’Ottawa, 33, 23 –42.
Refereed Presentations:

Thomas, J.A. Arabismos  no galego? Gallaecia III Congresso Internacional de Lingüística Histórica (Gallaecia III Third International Conference on Historical Linguistics)  Universidade de Santiago de Compostela, Santiago de Compostela, Spain, 29 July 2015.

Thomas, J.A.
 Queísmo in the Spanish of a small US city: pluricentric variant or common  parameter? World Conference on pluricentric  languages and their non-dominant    varieties. University of Graz. Graz, Austria. 9 July 2015.  

Thomas, J.A. In search of a standard: Spanish in a small, upstate NY community. Third  International Conference on Non-dominant Varieties of Pluricentric Languages.  University of Surrey. Guildford, England. 4 July 2014.  

Thomas, J.A. El contacto lingüístico en la literatura aljamiada: ¿Dónde está Dios?(Linguistic contact in aljamiada literature: Where is God?) XI Congreso Internacional de Lingüística General (XI International Conference on General Linguistics).  Universidad de Navarra, Pamplona, Spain. 23 May 2014.

Thomas, J.A. The evolution of a pluricentric language in an immigrant context. Some grammatical aspects of the Spanish in a small, upstate NY city. Congrès International des linguistes/ International Congress of Linguists. Geneva, Switzerland, 23 July 2013.

Thomas. J.A.  The Spanish of a small, upstate NY city. 2nd International Conference on Non-Dominant Varieties of Pluricentric Languages. Salamanca, Spain, 11 July 2012.
Thomas. J.A. Code-switching as a mechanism of language change: The Spanish of a small, upstate NY city. Colloque Langues et histoire. Université de Paris-Est Créteil (UPEC), Paris, France, 15 June 2012.
Thomas. J.A. & Sayahi, Lotfi.  Code-switching and the incorporation of Arabic loanwords in Andalusian Romance.  32nd  TABU Dag: International Linguistics Conference. Groningen, Netherlands, 18 June 2011.
Thomas. J.A. & Culyer, Linda. Spanish in the health professions: Should healthcare professionals study a language other than English?  5th International Conference on Hispanic Linguistics: Spanish in Society. Limerick, Ireland, 8 July 2010.
 Thomas. J.A. Una polifonía linguística: lenguas mediterráneas en contacto en Nápoles. IX Congreso de Linguística General.  Valladolid, Spain, 22 June 2010.

Courses Taught at Utica College:
SPA 101 Elementary Spanish I
SPA 102 Elementary Spanish II
SPA 115 Medical Spanish
SPA 202 Intermediate Spanish II
SPA 227 Spoken Spanish I
SPA 300 Spanish for Professors
SPA 327 Spoken Spanish II
SPA 337 Spanish Composition and Grammar Review
SPA 347 Spanish Culture and Civilization
SPA 404/604 Introduction to Spanish Applied Linguistics

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