Michele E J Koven

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Ph.D., University of Chicago

Research Interests

The role of culture in verbal interaction
how speakers perform and infer cultural identities in their own and others' talk
style shifting and code switching in discourse
intercultural communication
oral narrative

Professional Information

Professor Koven researches the relationships between identity and language practices in migrant communities. She is addresses how bilingual speakers enact multiple, culturally situated identities in talk, with a particular focus on narrative discourse.

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244 Lincoln Hall
702 S Wright
M/C 456
Urbana, IL 61801

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Research Output

Selves in Two Languages: Bilinguals’ verbal enactments of identity in French and Portuguese

Koven, M. E. J., 2007, John Benjamins. 327 p. (Studies in Bilingualism; vol. 34)

Research output: Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook

  • Narrating Desire for Place: Chronotopes of Desire for the Portuguese Homeland Before and After “Return”

    Koven, M., Jan 15 2019, Discourses of Identity in Liminal Places and Spaces. Piazza, R. (ed.). Routledge, p. 42-63

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • (Co)narrações de viagens para Portugal por lusodescendentes no Facebook

    Marques, I. S. & Koven, M. E. J., Sep 22 2018, In : Revista da Associação Portuguesa de Linguí­stica. p. 134-151

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access

    "We are going to our Portuguese homeland!" French Luso-descendants' diasporic Facebook conarrations of vacation return trips to Portugal

    Marques, I. S. & Koven, M., Jan 1 2017, In : Narrative Inquiry. 27, 2, p. 286-310 25 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle