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Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speakers for the conference include leading names in Turkic, Iranian, Mongolic and Uralic linguistics, as well as phonology, syntax and second language acquisition, including:

  • Gülşat Aygen, Professor, Department of English, Northern Illinois University
  • Matthew Gordon, Professor, Department of Linguistics, University of California Santa Barbara
  • Ayşe Gürel, Professor, Department of Foreign Language Education, Bogazici University
  • Irene Vogel, Professor, Department of Linguistics, University of Delaware
  • Stuart Davis and Karen Baertsch, Indiana University and Southern Illinois University
Gülşat Aygen

Gülşat Aygen, Distinguished Professor of Linguistics, Northern Illinois University

Gülşat Aygen is a Distinguished Professor of Linguistics in the Departments of English at Northern Illinois University. She holds a PhD (2002) from Harvard University as well as an MA (1998) and BA (1996) from Bogazici University in Istanbul, Turkey. Her professional interests include Theoretical Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology, Research methodology, Brain and Language, Applied Linguistics, English as a Second Language, Turkic Linguistics, Kurdic Linguistics, English Linguistics, and Comparative Linguistics.

Matthew Gordon

Matthew Gordon, Professor of Linguistics, University of California, Santa Barbara

Matthew Gordon is a Professor of Linguistics in the Department of Linguistics at University of California, Santa Barbara. He holds a PhD (1999) from University of California, Los Angeles. His primary research interests include phonetics and phonology, in particular the role of acoustic and auditory properties in shaping the typology of sound systems. Much of his work involves the study of prosodic features of language such as stress and intonation and focuses on underdocumented languages, including Uralic, Northwest Caucasian, and North American languages.

Ayşe Gürel

Ayşe Gürel, Professor of Foreign Language Education, Boğaziçi University

Ayşe Gürel is a vice-provost for academic affairs and a professor at the Department of Foreign Language Education of Boğaziçi University in Istanbul, Turkey. She holds a PhD (2002) from McGill University as well as both an MA (1996) and BA (1992) from Boğaziçi University. Her primary research interests include first language attrition and second language acquisition of morpho-syntactic features in English and Turkish as well as neuro- and psycho-linguistic aspects of language acquisition and language loss in children and adults.

Irene Vogel

Irene Vogel, Professor, Department of Linguistics, University of Delaware

Irene Vogel is a Professor of Linguistics at the University of Delaware. She holds both a PhD (1977) and MA (1975) from Stanford University and a BA (1973) from University of Wisconsin, Madison. Her research interests include the interaction of phonology with components of grammar, including morphology syntax, and semantics, as well as the phonology of both first language and second language acquisition.

There will also be a number of other invited speakers, selected among linguists working on Central Asian languages and linguistics.

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