Juan A. Thomas, Ph.D.

Dr. John Thomas
Position
  • Associate Professor of Spanish
Phone
(315) 223-2578
Email
Office
  • 102 DePerno Hall
  • School of Arts & Sciences
Position type

Biography

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)

Education

B.S. Clarkson University
M.S. University of Vermont
M.A., Ph.D. University at Albany, State University of New York
Ph.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Past Research

Book:

Juan A. Thomas. 2017. Diary of a small Hispanic Community. Utica: Eugene Paul Nassar Ethnic Studies Heritage Center.

 

Edited volumes:

Muhr, Rudolf & Juan Thomas (eds). 2020. Pluricentric Theory beyond Dominance and Non-Dominance: A Critical View. Graz (Austria), Berlin (Germany): PCL Press

Muhr, Rudolf in collaboration with Eugênia Duarte, Amália Mendes, Carla Amorós Negre & Juan A. Thomas (Eds). 2016. 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.

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

Articles:

Thomas, J.A. (2020). "Contact-induced pluricentricity? The role of Anglicisms in forging a new variety of Spanish" In Muhr, Rudolf & Juan Thomas (eds). Pluricentric Theory beyond Dominance and Non-Dominance: A Critical View. Graz,   Berlin: PCL Press

Thomas, J.A. (2020). "La especialización de funciones en el repertorio lingüístico del español de Utica, Nueva York (The specialization of functions in the linguistic repertory of Spanish from Utica, New York)" In Betti, S. & Enghels, R. (eds). El inglés y el español en contacto en los Estados Unidos. Rome, Italy: Aracne editrice.

Thomas, J.A. (2019). "Imágenes borradas y letras cambiadas: el español en el paisaje lingüístico de Utica, NY(Erased images and changed letters: Spanish in the linguistic landscape of Utica, New York)”  In Betti, S. (ed). Camino Real, 11, 14, 125-137.

Thomas, J.A. & Lotfi Sayahi. (2019). "Language contact phenomena in three Aljamiado texts: Religion as a sociolinguistic factor" In Busic, J. & Beale-Rivaya, Y. (eds).eHumanista: Places of Encounter: Language, Culture, and Religious Identity in Medieval Iberia, 41, 142-154

Thomas, J.A. (2018). "Anglicisms in the Spanish of Utica, NY: unique and shared with worldwide varieties of Spanish" In Muhr, R., Meisnitzer, B (eds). Pluricentric
languages and non-dominant varieties worldwide: New pluricentric languages-old problems. Frankfurt a.M./ Wien u.a.: Peter Lang Verlag. pp. 317-328.

Thomas, J.A. (2018) "El español y el inglés en una ciudad pequeña de New York" In Díaz Ferro, M., Vaamonde, G., Varela Suárez, A., Cabeza, C., García-Miguel, J., and F. Ramallo(eds.) Actas do XIII Congreso Internacional de Lingüística Xeral (Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on General Linguistics), Vigo, Spain: Universidade de Vigo, 878-883.

Thomas, J.A. (2017) "Estadounidismos en el español de Utica, New York" In Paredes García, Florentino, Ana M. Cestero Mancera e Isabel Molina Martos (eds.) Investigaciones actuales en Lingüística. Vol. V: Sobre variación geolectal y sociolingüística, Alcalá de Henares: Universidad de Alcalá, Servicio de Publicaciones, 197-211.

Thomas, J.A. (2017)."Arabismos no galego? [Arabisms in Galician?]," In Álvarez de la Granja, María, Boullón Agrelo, Anna, González Seone, Ernesto (Eds). Revista galega de filoloxía: Aproximacións á variación lexical no domino galego-portugués, 11, 133-147.

Thomas, J.A. (2016)."Anglicismos en el español de Utica, New York: de la lengua hablada al diccionario Anglicisms in the Spanish of Utica, NY: from the spoken language to the dictionary," Glosas, 9,1, 41 -51.

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.
http://www.cil19.org/uploads/documents/What_is_Utica_Spanish_like.pdf

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
Verlag.

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 SociolinguisticsSomerville, 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 DestinosLanguage 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 Arabisms in Galician. Cahiers linguistiques d’Ottawa, 33, 23 –42.

 
Refereed Presentations:

Thomas, J.A. Contact-induced pluricentricity? The role of Anglicisms in forging a new  variety of Spanish. Languages, Nations and Cultures: Pluricentric Languages in Context. Workshop: Beyond dominance and non-dominance. Stockholm University. Stockholm, Sweden. 23 May 2019

Thomas, J.A. Anécdotas sobre el repertorio lingüístico de una ciudad pequeña de Nueva York [Anecdotes about the linguistic repertory of a small city in New York]  XIIICongreso de lingüística general  (CILG 13: XIII Conference on general linguistics), Universidad de Vigo, Vigo, Spain, 13 June 2018

Thomas, J.A. Anglicisms: unique to US Spanish or a worldwide phenomenon in Spanish?  Fifth World Conference on pluricentric languages and their non-dominant varieties.  Johannes Gutenberg Universität Mainz. Mainz, Germany. 14 July 2017.

Thomas, J.A. “The function of Arabic in Aljamiado Literature”. Historical Sociolinguistics Network Conference 2017, New York University and CUNY Graduate Center, New York City, NY 7 April 2017.

Thomas, J.A. “Estadounidismos en el español de Utica, New York”. (U. S. English words in the Spanish of Utica, New York). XII Congreso de lingüística general (CILG 12: XII Conference on general linguistics), Universidad de Alcalá, Alcalá de Henares, Spain, 24 May 2016

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.AThe 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

ITA 101 Elementary Italian I

SPA 101 Elementary Spanish I
SPA 102 Elementary Spanish II
SPA 115 Medical Spanish
SPA 125 Medical Spanish II
SPA 201 Intermediate Spanish I
SPA 202 Intermediate Spanish II
SPA 227 Spoken Spanish I
SPA 300 Spanish for Professors

SPA 304 Spanish Pronunciation
SPA 327 Spoken Spanish II

SPA 328 Approaches to Reading Spanish Texts
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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