Faculty Profile

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Gregory Key

Turkish Lecturer

Middle Eastern and Ancient Mediterranean Studies


Gregory Key's teaches 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. His own research concentrates on the analysis of modern Turkish morphology and syntax as a coherent synchronic system. Key's dissertation topic was the Turkish causative, a verbal derivational construction. His 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.

Research Interests

  • Turkish Linguistics
  • Theoretical Linguistics (morphosyntax)

Teaching Interests

  • Elementary Turkish
  • Intermediate Modern Turkish
  • Modern Turkish Literature in Translation
  • Turkish Media and Pop Culture
  • Ottoman Turkish

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Selected Publications:

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.