• (Socio)Pragmatics
  • Critical Discourse Analysis: Discursive Construction and Representations of Gender; Political Discourse and conceptual metaphors; Discourses of discrimination
  • Impoliteness & Politeness Theory (and the Rapport Management model –esp. application to Turkish data); the interplay of humour, emotion work and impoliteness
  • Online discourses and social media discourse (esp. Twitter and FB)
  • 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
  • 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
  • The teaching of Turkish (TFL) and English as a Foreign Language
  • Academic Governance, Leadership and Internationalisation; Discourse of Leadership
  • English Medium Instruction (EMI) and English Taught Programs in Higher Education Institutions and Internationalisation


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


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