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Contact: Christina Chapple
Date: 4/13/04
      HAMMOND -- Tom Klingler, an expert on the language of Louisiana Creoles, will present a guest lecture at Southeastern Louisiana University on April 28.
      A professor of linguistics at Tulane University, Klingler will speak on “Creole, Cajun, or French?  Linguistic Diversity Among Louisiana’s Creoles of Color” at 7 p.m. in the Music Recital Hall.
      Klingler will discuss linguistic diversity among Louisiana’s Creole population and the problem of language use, language labels such as “Creole,” “Cajun,” and “French,” and ethnicity. He also will present a broad overview of the Louisiana Creole language. 
      Klingler is the author of “If  I Could Turn My Tongue Like That: The Creole Language of Pointe Coupee Parish, Louisiana” (LSU Press, 1993), and many articles on Louisiana Creole.
      For additional information on the lecture contact Southeastern English professor Thomas Fick at 985-549-2100/2104 or
      Later this year, Klingler also will participate in “Creoles in Fact and Fiction,” a special Southeastern summer institute for teachers, directed by Fick and funded by a Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities grant. The institute is open to Louisiana kindergarten through high school public, private and parochial school teachers in language arts, social studies, art, history, music and related fields. The deadline for application is April 16.  Twenty-five teachers will be selected to attend the institute, which will include 16 sessions between June 2- 29. An online application form and additional information is available at