Lecturer in Turkish
PhD, University of Arizona
Office: LT 502
Interests and Background
I teach modern Turkish, the official language of the Republic of Turkey, as well as Ottoman, the administrative and literary language of the empire of the same name. My own research concentrates on the analysis of modern Turkish morphology and syntax as a coherent synchronic system. My dissertation topic was the Turkish causative, a verbal derivational construction. My theoretical and pedagogical interests complement each other, as discoveries on the theoretical side suggest new approaches to teaching Turkish and Ottoman, and teaching frequently raises new issues for theoretical inquiry.
Recent or Current Courses
- Elementary Modern Turkish I & II (TURK 111 & 112)
- Intermediate Modern Turkish I & II (TURK 203 & 204)
- Modern Turkish Literature in Translation (TURK 280A)
- Turkish Media & Pop Culture (TURK 282C)
- Ottoman Turkish (TURK 480A/undergraduate), (TURK 580/graduate)
Forthcoming. "Structural Variation in Turkish Complex Predicates" (co-author: Deniz Tat), Essays on Turkish Linguistics: Proceedings of the 16th International Conference on Turkish Linguistics.
2012. "Differential Object Marking in Turkic and Persian as a Contact Phenomenon," Proceedings of the 38th Annual Meeting of the Berkeley Linguistics Society (in preparation).
2012. "The Causative/Inchoative Alternation, and the Decomposition of Little v." Coyote Papers 19 (proceedings of the Arizona Linguistics Circle)
2009 "Turkish Unaccusatives and Causative Morphology" (co-author: Deniz Tat), Essays on Turkish Linguistics: Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on Turkish Linguistics.
2008 "Differential Object Marking in a Medieval Persian Text" in Aspects of Iranian Linguistics, edited by Simin Karimi, Vida Samiian, and Don Stilo. Cambridge Scholars Publishing: Newcastle upon Tyne.
Recent Presentations (2012)
"Parallels in the nominal and causative domains." Arizona Linguistics Circle Conference 6, Tucson.
"Turkish causative iteration: Recursion, reduplication, or multiple exponence?" The 16th International Conference on Turkish Linguistics, Ankara, Turkey.
"Structural variation in Turkish complex predicates" (co-author: Deniz Tat). The 16th International Conference on Turkish Linguistics, Ankara, Turkey.
"Differential Object Marking in Turkic and Persian as a Contact Phenomenon." The 38th Annual Meeting of the Berkeley Linguistics Society.