Research and publications

My research focuses on the language practices of historical multilingual communities. I am interested in questions of sociolinguistic variation, identity and intersubjectivity, and the effects of language contact in the history of Spanish and French.

Current projects

My current research focuses on Spanish-French contact in colonial Louisiana (18th and 19th centuries):

Corresponding multilingually, a book project analyzing multilingual practices in epistolary communication in colonial Louisiana.

Louisiana Slave Conspiracies: a collaborative multidisciplinary project which aims to publish and contextualize documents concerning the slave rebellions of 1791 and 1795.


2020. Sincere or heart-felt?: Sincerity, convention, and bilingualism in French and Spanish letters. Multilingua 39(1). Available here.

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. Available here.

PhD dissertation

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

Book reviews

Forthcoming    Review of: Ayres-Bennett, Wendy, Anne Carlier, Julie Glikman, Thomas M. Rainsford, Gilles Siouffi and Carine Skupien Dekens, Nouvelles voies d’accès au changement linguistique, Paris: Classiques Garnier, 2018 in The French Review 93(4).

2016. Review of: Auer, Anita, Daniel Schreier and Richard J. Watts, Letter writing and language change, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015 in Linguist List 27.2519.

2012. Review of: Bravo-García, Eva and María Teresa Cáceres-Lorenzo, La incorporación del indigenismo léxico en los contextos comunicativos canario y americano (1492- 1550), Bern: Peter Lang, 2011 in Vox Romanica 71, 2012, pp 371-372.
Available here.

Conference presentations

2020. Performing the gubernatorial persona(e): Stylistic variation in official correspondence. Intra-Writer Variation in Historical Sociolinguistics (HiSoN 2020), Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Erlangen, Germany, April 1-3.

2020. Mapping multilingual administration in Spanish Louisiana. 94th Annual Meeting of the Linguistics Society of America (LSA), New Orleans, Louisiana, January 2-5.

2020. Letters to the governor: Multilingualism and the official letter genre in Spanish Louisiana. Second Annual Meeting of the North American Research Network in Historical Sociolinguistics (NARNiHS), New Orleans, Louisiana, January 4.

2019. Le discours rapporté dans le témoignage légal en Louisiane au XVIIIe siècle. Diachro IX, University of Salamanca, Salamanca, Spain, March 28-30.

2019. Interpretation and linguistic malpractice in the 18th century Louisiana courtroom. First Annual Meeting of the North American Research Network in Historical Sociolinguistics (NARNiHS), New York City, New York, January 5.

2018. Beyond code-switching: Historical contact studies and the contributions of multilingual corpora. Historical Sociolinguistics Network (HiSoN) 2018: Making Waves in Historical Sociolinguistics, Leiden University, Leiden, the Netherlands, May 30-June 1.

2018. Le public et le privé : les fonctionnaires bilingues pendant la période espagnole en Louisiane. Les français d’ici 7, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada, May 23-25.

2017. Sincere or heart-felt?: Sincerity, convention, and language competence in French and Spanish letters. 15th International Pragmatics Conference, Belfast, Northern Ireland, July 16-21.

2017. ‘b’ or ‘v’?: Bilingual speakers and drafts of private letters in 19th century Louisiana. 26th Conference on Spanish in the United States/11th Conference on Spanish in Contact with Other Languages, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, April 6-8.

2017. Past tenses in contact in 18th and 19th century French and Spanish. Berkeley Linguistics Society 43, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, California, February 3-5.

2016. Stance-taking in 18th century Spanish letters. 3rd Annual UC Davis Symposium on Language Research, University of California, Davis, Davis, California, May 20.

2013. Reconstructing historical variation: Chabacano and the Spanish colonial empire. 2nd Annual Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Linguistics Conference, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, February 22-23.

Campus talks

2019. Reporting the past in colonial Louisiana: Evidence from French and Spanish epistolary and legal texts. Romance Linguistics Seminar, University of Oxford, January 31.

2017. Bilingual speakers and drafts of private letters in 19th century Louisiana. Romance Outside Europe, colloquium presented by the Romance Linguistics Working Group and the Francophone Studies Working Group, University of California, Berkeley, April 5.