Illinois Language and Linguistics Society


We are pleased to announce our invited speakers:

Anna Papafragou

University of Delaware


Talk title: "Pragmatics, cognition and development"
Anna Papafragou is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Delaware (UD). She also holds a joint appointment in the Department of Linguistics and Cognitive Science. She directs the Language and Cognition Lab and is a member of the Cognitive Science faculty at UD. Professor Papafragou received her Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University College London. She spent a year as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of California at Berkeley, followed by postdoctoral work at the University of Pennsylvania, initially holding a fellowship from the Institute for Research in Cognitive Science and then a postdoctoral grant from the National Institutes of Health. She joined the UD faculty in 2004. Professor Papafragou has received multiple grants from the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation and several intra-mural sources. She has given over 65 invited talks and has published on how children acquire language, how language is used and understood online, and how language interfaces with human perceptual/conceptual systems.

Lyn Wright

University of Memphis


Talk title: "Fluid bilingualisms: Place and the construction of language competence"
Lyn Wright Fogle is an applied linguist with interests in language learning, language policy, and bi- and multilingualism. Her research investigates the ideological, interactional, and affective aspects of language learning through language socialization and discourse analytic approaches. Her current projects focus on two main areas. The first is an investigation of discourses of multilingualism in the U.S. South to better understand how constructions of place inform language policies. The second is an examination of sexuality and gender in relation to language learning and multilingualism to consider how fluidity and rigidity emerge in individual experiences. She is the author of Second language socialization and learner agency: Talk in three adoptive families (Multilingual Matters). She is also a former Fulbright Fellow (Russia) and Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Ukraine).

Michele Koven

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Talk title: "Narrating individual 'I'’s and Collective 'we’s': Practice Approaches to linking narratives of individual and group experience"
Michele Koven is an Associate Professor of Communication at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is also associated with Second Language Acquisition and Teacher Education, LAS Global Studies, French and Italian, European Union Center, and Center for Global Studies. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago’s Committee on Human Development. Professor Koven has published journal articles and book chapters on the relationships between identity and language practices in migrant communities. In her work, she addresses how bilingual speakers enact multiple, culturally situated identities in talk, with a particular focus on narrative discourse. She is the author of Selves in two languages: Bilingual Verbal Enactments of Identity in French and Portuguese (2007), which focused on how adult children of Portuguese migrants in France enact, experience, and are perceived by others to have different identities in their two languages.