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Staff :: Nicholas Kontovas, MA


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Language Editor, Center for Languages of the Central Asian Region (CeLCAR)
Address: Hanımefendi Sk. 34-36, #5
Merkez Mh., 34400 Şişli/İstanbul TURKEY
Phone: (+90) 507.071.23.21
E-mail: kontovas@gmail.com


Education:

- M.A., Indiana University, June, 2012
  Major: Central Eurasian Studies
  Specialization:: Turkic and Iranic Languages
  Thesis: Lubunca: The historical development of Istanbul's Queer slang and
  a socio-functional approach to diachronic processes in language
- B.A., University of Chicago, May, 2005
  Bachelors of Arts with Honors
  Thesis: An analysis of Recent Loans into the Standard Uyghur Lexicon



    Publications & Published Translations:
  • Kontovas, Nicholas. [2013] Singing around Turkey: An exemplary collection of folk songs. Bilingual Turkish/English booklet with CDs. Inner Asian & Uralic National Resource Center, Bloomington, Indiana.
  • Boukous, Ahmed. LanSociolinguistic Stratification in North Africa. In Globalization and Language Vitality: Perspectives from Africa, Cécile Vigouroux & S. Mufwene., eds. 2008. Continuum, London. P. 126-141 [< Fr]


    Lectures & Presentations:
  • Rethinking Language Evolution, Part of the Scientific Şehir Lecture Series İstanbul Şehir University, 2014
  • Language and Heritage in Central Eurasia from the Middle Ages to the Present, Guest lecture in Politics, Religion & Social Change at request of instructor, Dr. Eva-Marie DuBuisson Boğaziçi University, 2014
  • Queer slang and the trafficking of non-Muslim women in Late Ottoman and Early Republican Istanbul, Human Trafficking Graduate Research Symposium Indiana University Bloomington, 2013
  • Queer slang and demographic change in Early Republican Istanbul, Association of Central Eurasian Students' 20th Annual Central Eurasian Studies Conference Indiana University Bloomington, 2013
  • How much contact can change a language? The case of Kyrgyz, Khalkha, and Uyghur. (with Jonathan North Washington & Andrew Shimunek) Central Eurasian Studies Society 2012 Annual Conference, Indiana University Bloomington, 2012
  • Lubunca: The historical development of Queer slang in Istanbul, Guest lecture in Sociolinguistics at request of instructor, Dr. Julie Mathews-Aydınlı Bilkent University, 2012
  • Language Change in Progress: The Effect of Language Contact on the Phoneme Inventory of Central, Eurasian Languages (with Jonathan North Washington & Andrew Shimunek) Association of Central Eurasian Students' 19th Annual Conference Indiana University Bloomington, 2012
  • Romani Language & Linguistics: An Overview and Learning from the Romani Language, Guest lectures in Roma History and Culture at request of instructor, Dr. Lynn Hooker Indiana University Bloomington, 2011
  • Romani lexemes in İstanbul gay slang: Register and social space in contact-induced language change, 17th Annual Lavender Languages Conference American University, Washington DC, 2010
  • Standards of evidence in historical linguistics, Guest lecture in Rus, Bulgars, & Khazars at request of instructor, Dr. Edward Lazzerini Indiana University Bloomington, 2009
  • Contact Linguistics: An Overview, Guest lecture in the course Introduction to Linguistics – 3, at the request of instructor, Dr. Erik Levin University of Chicago, 2008
  • Lexical Renegotiation: Loanword adaptation, language attitudes, and the Standard Uyghur lexicon, Association of Central Eurasian Students' 15th Annual Central Eurasian Studies Conference Indiana University Bloomington, 2008