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
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, French and Italian
Research Associate, Anthropology
Professor, Center for Global Studies
Professor, European Union Center
Professor, Global Studies Programs and Courses
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. https://doi.org/10.1111/jola.12301
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. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781351183383-3
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. https://doi.org/10.26334/2183-9077/rapln4ano2018a37
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.
Marques, I. S., & Koven, M. (2017). "We are going to our Portuguese homeland!" French Luso-descendants' diasporic Facebook conarrations of vacation return trips to Portugal. Narrative Inquiry, 27(2), 286-310. https://doi.org/10.1075/ni.27.2.05sim