Associate Professor, Indiana University


Ph.D., Linguistics, McGill University, 2012 

Ph.D., Interdisciplinary Program in Language Acquisition, McGill University, 2012


M.A., Linguistics, University of Pittsburgh, 2006 

M.A., Graduate Certificate in TESOL, University of Pittsburgh, 2006


 B.A., Boğaziçi (Bosphorus) University, valedictorian, Department of Foreign Language Education, 2004



I am an Associate Professor of linguistics and second language acquisition in the Department of Central Eurasian Studies in the School of Global and International Studies at Indiana University Bloomington.

I am also an Adjunct Associate Professor of Second Language Studies and an Adjunct Associate Professor of Linguistics.  And I serve as an Associate Editor for the high-impact language acquisition journal Linguistic Approaches to Bilingualism.

I have a linguistics lab on campus, the Central Eurasian Linguistics and Language Acquisition Lab.

My research involves both formal phonology and second language acquisition. More specifically, formally, I investigate issues in prosody, prosody-morphology interface, prosody-syntax interface, autosegmental phonology. My research in second language acquisition covers a broader range of phenomema, including also syntax and syntax-prosody and syntax-semantics interface.

Finally, I am the Director of IU's Center for Languages of the Central Asian Region (CeLCAR), which is one of the 16 National Foreign Language Resource Centers in the US, and the only one specifically on Central Eurasian languages.