Anna De Fina




Department of Italian
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Anna De Fina holds a Laurea in Lingue e Letterature Straniere from Palermo University, an M.A. in Linguistics from Esculea Nacional de Antropología e Historia in Mexico, a Master of Philosophy in Linguistics from Cambridge University (U.K.), and a Ph.D. in Linguistics from Georgetown University. Between 1981 and 1993, she worked as Professor of Applied Linguistics and Italian at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico, where she chaired the Applied Linguistics Department between 1990 and 1993. In 1994, she moved to the United States where she taught at Georgetown University, University of Maryland, and Mary Washington College. In 2004 she joined the Georgetown Faculty where she is currently Professor of Italian Language and Linguistics in the Italian Department .
Her interests focus on Narrative, Discourse and Identity, Immigrant communities and Italian American Studies. Her most recent publication is the book Analyzing Narrative: Discourse and Sociolinguistic Perspectives, Cambridge University Press, co-authored with Alexandra Georgakopoulou. Previous publications include the book Identity in Narrative (2003, John Benjamins) the co-edited volumes Italiano e italiani fuori d'Italia (2003, Guerra), Dislocations, Relocations, Narratives of Displacement, with Mike Baynham (St. Jerome, 2005) and Discourse and Identity (2006, Cambridge University Press), with D. Schiffrin and M. Bamberg). She has published numerous articles in internationally recognized journals and chapters in edited collections on a variety of topics in Applied Linguistics, Sociolinguistics and Discourse Analysis, from the discourse construction of identities to code switching among Italian speakers abroad, from narratives in immigrant discourse to the use of pronouns in political discourse.


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  • Italian (speak, read, write)