I completed my PhD in theoretical linguistics in 2017 with a dissertation entitled From Phonology to Syntax–and Back Again: Hierarchical Structure in Irish and Blackfoot supervised by Darin Flynn and Elizabeth Ritter. The focus of that research was investigating measurable phonetic correlates of hierarchical structures in both the phonological and syntactic components, and how the grammatical components related to each other.
I am a postdoctoral associate in an epidemiology lab in Global Health (University of Calgary, Cumming School of Medicine), where I assist the team in epidemiological research and specialize in knowledge translation: Taking what is learned in the studies we perform and packaging it as accessible publications for a popular audience without “watering down” the content.
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I studied for 4 years in Canada, as a doctoral student in Linguistics at the UofC. My dissertation provided a process-based paradigmatic account to morphology in Turkish, centred around compounding, dynamic word-formation paradigms, and possessive inflections; it was supervised by a leading light, Dr. Amanda Pounder.
I can say that to study at the University of Calgary was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made, which I always miss and never regret. Upon my graduation, I went (back) to Turkey and started to work as a faculty member at my current institution in İstanbul, Yeditepe University (after a 1.5-year postdoctoral research at Boğaziçi University).
My expertise includes formal linguistics and theoretical morphology; I work on (multi)modular grammars, autonomous morphology, morphosyntax, morphosemantics, and morphophonology.
I am also interested in theoretical philosophy, the philosophy of mind, and the language-mind issues. Considering recent works and heavy demands in experimental psychology, mind-based formal grammars and symbolic minds with mental grammars might seem risky and thorny to study, but for the Aurora Borealis which might lie behind, I consider that they are worth puzzling about.