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Michéle E J Koven

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Contact Information

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

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

Research Description

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.


Ph.D., University of Chicago

Additional Campus Affiliations

Professor, Communication
Professor, French and Italian
Professor, Linguistics
Research Associate, Anthropology
Professor, European Union Center
Professor, Global Studies Programs and Courses

Highlighted Publications

Koven, M. E. J. (2007). Selves in Two Languages: Bilinguals’ verbal enactments of identity in French and Portuguese. (Studies in Bilingualism; Vol. 34). John Benjamins Publishing Company.

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Recent Publications

Koven, M. (2023). Affect in cross-chronotope alignments in narrations about Aristides de Sousa Mendes and their subsequent circulations. Journal of Linguistic Anthropology, 33(3), 350-372.

Koven, M., & Marques, I. S. (2021). Multiaddressivity and Collective Addressivity in Vlog-based Interactions between Diasporic and Nonmigrant Portuguese. Journal of Linguistic Anthropology, 31(1), 97-118.

Koven, M. (2019). Narrating Desire for Place: Chronotopes of Desire for the Portuguese Homeland Before and After “Return”. In R. Piazza (Ed.), Discourses of Identity in Liminal Places and Spaces (pp. 42-63). Routledge.

Marques, I. S., & Koven, M. E. J. (2018). (Co)narrações de viagens para Portugal por lusodescendentes no Facebook. Revista da Associação Portuguesa de Linguí­stica, 134-151.

Koven, M. E. J., & Marques, I. S. (2017). Enacting the Multiple Spaces and Times of Portuguese Migration to France in YouTube Humor: Chronotopic Analysis of Ro et Cut’s Vamos a Portugal. Interdisciplinary Journal of Portuguese Diaspora Studies, 6, 95-118.

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