MAIN ACADEMIC INTERESTS:

  • Pragmatics and Discourse Analysis
  • Impoliteness & Politeness Theory (and the Rapport Management model –esp. application to Turkish data); the interplay of humour, emotion work and impoliteness
  • Corpus Linguistics: Developing Corpora, Computer assisted transcription, annotation and analysis; Standardization in Spoken and Written Corpora
  • Classroom Discourse: Co-construction and negotiation of identities and positioning in interaction
  • Critical Discourse Analysis: Discursive Construction and Representations of Gender; Political Discourse and conceptual metaphors
  • Speech acts, implicatures and interactional principles in face to face communication and computer mediated communication (CMC)
  • Cross-cultural and Intercultural communication: Developing Intercultural Competence, Acquisition of Pragmatic and Sociolinguistic competence
  • Applied Linguistics Reasearch Methodology: New data collection tools & procedure design, testing of  mixed methodologies, etc.
  • The teaching of Turkish (TFL) and English as a Foreign Language

POST-DOCTORAL RESEARCH:

During the 2008-2009 academic year, I worked as a visiting academic at the University of WarwickCenter for Applied Linguistics where I was mainly involved in:

  • Planning the development of a Turkish Spoken Corpus parallel to British Corpora (i.e. BASE -British Academic Spoken English Corpus)
  • Pragmatics research methodology: (Im)politeness evaluation narratives and cultural (im)politeness key lexemes as means of politeness2 theory building

EDUCATION:

2003-2008

 

PhD  in Foreign Language Education, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey (GPA: 4.00)

Dissertation Title: METAPRAGMATICS OF (IM)POLITENESS IN TURKISH: AN EXPLORATORY EMIC INVESTIGATION 

2000-2003

 

M.A. in ELT, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey (GPA: 4.00)

Thesis Title: An Investigation on Customer Interactional Principles and Face-Threatening Speech Act Performance in Service Encounters: The Case of Turkish and English

1997 – 2000 B.A degree in ELT (Graduated as Salutatorian Hacettepe University, English Language Teaching, Ankara, Turkey. 
1996 – 1997 İstanbul University, English Language Teaching, İstanbul, Turkey. 
1995 – 1996 Beşiktaş Anatolian High School, İstanbul, Turkey (High School Diploma,1996)
1992 – 1995 Atatürk Anatolian High School, Ankara, Turkey (Secondary School Diploma, 1993)
1990 – 1992 Ağrı Anatolian High School, Ağrı, Turkey
1988 – 1990 Meadlands Primary School, London, England (Primary School Equivalence, 1990)
1987 – 1988 Rauf Orbay Primary School, Ankara, Turkey
1986 – 1987 Salih Alptekin Primary School, Ankara, Turkey
1985 – 1986 Captain John Smith Elementary School, Virginia, USA