School of Global and International Studies

Central Eurasian Studies

Öner Özçelik

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Assistant Professor, Central Eurasian Studies
Director, Center for Languages of the Central Asian Region
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Second Language Studies
DirectorLab Director, Turkic and Central Asian Linguistics and Language Acquisition Lab

Office: School of Global & International Studies 3019
CeLCAR Director's Office: Eigenmann Hall 702
Lab: Eigenmann Hall 713 
Phone: 812-855-3759 or 845-1230
E-mail: oozcelik@indiana.edu
Web: http://pages.iu.edu/~oozcelik

Education

-Ph.D., McGill University, Department of Linguistics, 2012 
-Interdisciplinary PhD program option in Language Acquisition, McGill University 
-M.A. University of Pittsburgh, Department of Linguistics, 2006 
-Graduate Certificate in TESOL, University of Pittsburgh 
-B.A. Boğaziçi University, Department of Foreign Language Education, 2004

Research Interests

-Second language acquisition (with an emphasis on Turkish)
-Turkish and Turkic languages
-Phonology and phonetics (with an emphasis on prosody) 
-Prosody-syntax interface
-Phonology-morphology interface
-Syntax-Semantics-Pragmatics Interface

Publication Highlights
Peer-reviewed journal articles and chapters in volumes:
Özçelik, Öner. Accepted. Towards using extraprosodicity and phonological markedness in accounting for morphological errors in Specific Language Impairment. Language, Interaction & Acquisition.

Özçelik, Öner. In press. Interface Hypothesis and the L2 acquisition of quantificational scope at the semantics-syntax-pragmatics interface. Language Acquisition.

Özçelik, Öner & Rex Sprouse. In press. Emergent knowledge of a universal phonological principle in the L2 acquisition of vowel harmony in Turkish: a ‘four’-fold poverty of the stimulus in L2 acquisition. Second Language Research.

Özçelik, Öner. In press. The Foot is not an obligatory constituent of the Prosodic Hierarchy: “stress” in Turkish, French and child English. The Linguistic Review [forthcoming 2017].

Özçelik, Öner. In press. ‘Stress’ or ‘Intonational prominence’? Word accent in Kazakh and Uyghur. Turkic Languages.

Özçelik, Öner. 2016. The Prosodic Acquisition Path Hypothesis: Towards explaining variability in L2 acquisition of phonology. Glossa 1 (1): 28. 1–48, DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5334/gjgl.47

Özçelik, Öner. 2016. Against Isomorphism and the Maxim of Charity in child language acquisition: implications for the validity of the TVJT methodology. Linguistics 54. 305-337.

Özçelik, Öner & Rex Sprouse. 2016. Decreasing dependence on orthography in phonological development: Evidence from vowel harmony in English-Turkish interlanguage. In Ayşe Gürel & Yasemin Bayyurt (eds.), Second Language Acquisition of Turkish. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

Özçelik, Öner. 2016. Acquisition of L2 Turkish prosody: effects of purely phonological and phonosyntactic issues. In Ayşe Gürel & Yasemin Bayyurt (eds.), Second Language Acquisition of Turkish. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

Özçelik, Öner 2016. Turkish language. In Richard C. Martin (ed.), Encyclopedia of Islam and the Muslim World. Macmillan.

Kupisch, Tanja, Alyona Belikova, Öner Özçelik, Ilse Stangen & Lydia White. 2016. On complete acquisition in heritage speakers: the definiteness effect in German-Turkish bilinguals. Linguistic Approaches to Bilingualism.

Özçelik, Öner & Amber Kennedy Kent. 2015. Research-informed online language course design and development for least commonly taught LTCLs: The case of Introductory Dari, Pashto, and Uyghur. Journal of the National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages.

Özçelik, Öner. 2014. An Antisymmetric analysis of Turkish relative clauses: implications from prosody. Turkic Languages.

Özçelik, Öner. 2014. Prosodic faithfulness to foot edges: the case of Turkish stress. Phonology 31. 229-269.

White, Lydia, Alyona Belikova, Paul Hagstrom, Tanja Kupisch, Öner Özçelik. 2012.  Restrictions on definiteness in second language acquisition: Affirmative and negative existentials in the L2 English of Turkish and Russian speakers. Linguistic Approaches to Bilingualism 2:1. 54-89.

 

Proceedings of peer-reviewed conferences:
Özçelik, Öner & Rex Sprouse. In press. Acquisition of Turkish vowel harmony in low-frequency and zero-frequency contexts: Evidence for Full Access in L2 phonology. Proceedings supplement of the Boston University Conference on Language Development 40 (BUCLD 40).

Özçelik, Öner. 2016. Acquiring the World’s Most Difficult Stress Pattern: L2 Khalkha Mongolian and “Conflicting Directionality”. In David Stringer et al. (eds.), Proceedings of the 13th Generative Approaches to Second Language Acquisition Conference (GASLA 2015), 161-176. Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Proceedings Project.

Özçelik, Öner & Rex Sprouse. 2015. L2 acquisition of Turkish vowel harmony and knowledge of the universal 'No Crossing Constraint'. Proceedings supplement of the Boston University Conference on Language Development 39 (BUCLD 39).

Nagai, Miho & Öner Özçelik. 2014. Nominal positions in Turkish. Papers from the 47thAnnual Meeting of the Chicago Linguistic Society (CLS 47). Chicago: Chicago Linguistic Society.

Özçelik, Öner. 2013. Selectivity in L3 transfer: effects of typological and linguistic similarity in the L3 Turkish of Uzbek-Russian bilinguals. Generative Linguistics in the Old World 36 Spring Newsletter (GLOW 36 Spring Newsletter).

Özçelik, Öner. 2013. Exceptions in stress assignment: Feet in input. In Seda Kan, Claire Moore-Cantwell & Robert Staubs (eds.), Papers from the 40th Annual Meeting of the North East Linguistic Society (NELS 40). Amherst, MA: GLSA.

Özçelik, Öner. 2012. Redefining the prosodic hierarchy. Phonology in the 21st century: In honor of
       Glyne Piggott.

Nagai, Miho & Öner Özçelik. 2012. Syntactic positions of Turkish bare NPs: The view from aspect and prosody. Proceedings of the 29th West Coast Conference for Formal Linguistics (WCCFL 29). Tucson, AZ: Coyote Papers: University of Arizona Working Papers in Linguistics.

White, Lydia, Alyona Belikova, Paul Hagstrom, Tanja Kupisch, Öner Özçelik. 2012. There aren't many difficulties with definiteness: Negative existentials in the L2 English of Turkish and Russian speakers. In Proceedings of the 4th Conference on Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition North America (GALANA 2010). Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Press.

Özçelik, Öner & Miho Nagai. 2011. Multiple subject positions: A case of perfect match between syntax and prosody. In Mary Byram & Barbara Tomaszewicz (eds.), Proceedings of the 28th West Coast Conference for Formal Linguistics (WCCFL 28) (pp. 303-312). Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Press.

Belikova, Alyona, Paul Hagstrom, Tanja Kupisch, Öner Özçelik & Lydia White. 2010. Definiteness in positive and negative existentials in the L2 English of Russian speakers. In Joao Costa, Ana Castro, Maria Lobo & Fernanda Pratas (eds.), Language Acquisition and Development: Proceedings of GALA 2009 (pp. 28-39). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Peer-reviewed conference presentations:
Özçelik, Öner & Rex Sprouse. 2016. How abstract is Interlanguage phonology? Evidence from Turkish vowel harmony. Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition North America. Urbana-Champaign, IL. September 2016.

Özçelik, Öner & Rex Sprouse. 2016. L2 acquisition of exceptional vowel harmony in Turkish. Linguistic Society of America (LSA) 2016 Annual Meeting. Washington, DC, January 2016.

Özçelik, Öner & Rex Sprouse. 2015. Acquisition of Turkish vowel harmony in low-frequency and zero-frequency contexts: Evidence for Full Access in L2 phonology. Boston University Conference on Language Development 40 (BUCLD 40). Boston, MA, November 2015.

Kent, Amber, Rahman Arman & Öner Özçelik. 2015. Developing an Asynchronous Online Language Course for Dari and Pashto. American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). San Diego, CA. November, 2015.

Özçelik, Öner. Accepted. Emergence of non-target-like and non-L1-like UG-constrained interlanguage prododic grammars in L2 Mongolian. Paper to be presented at Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition 2015 (GALA 2015), Nantes, France. September 2015.

Özçelik, Öner. 2015. L2 acquisition of Default-to-Opposite-Edge stress: the case of Mongolian. Paper to be presented at the 25th Annual Conference of the European Second Language Association (EUROSLA 2015), Aix-en-Provence, France, September.

Özçelik, Öner. 2015. Acquiring the world’s most difficult stress pattern: L2 Khalkha Mongolian and “Conflicting Directionality”. Paper presented at the 13th Biennial Conference on Generative Approaches to Second Language Acquisition (GASLA 13). Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, March 2015.

Özçelik, Öner & Rex Sprouse. 2014. L2 acquisition of Turkish vowel harmony and knowledge of the universal 'No Crossing Constraint'. Poster presented at Boston University Conference on Language Development 39 (BUCLD 39). Boston, MA, November 2014.

Özçelik, Öner & Rex Sprouse. 2014. L2 acquisition of Turkish vowel harmony and knowledge of the ‘No Crossing Constraint’. Paper presented at Second Language Research Forum 33 (SLRF 33), University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC. October, 2014.

Özçelik, Öner. 2014. Word stress in Turkic languages: the case of Kazakh, Uyghur and Uzbek. Paper to be presented at the 17th International Conference on Turkish Linguistics (ICTL 17). MIT, Rouen, France, September 2014.

Guilfoil, Michelle, Juliana Wijaya, Lenore Yaffee Garcia, & Öner Özçelik. 2014. Making language learning relevant and compelling. (Joint presentation with U.S. Department of Education’s International and Foreign Language Education (IFLE) office). Language Matters strand, Global Learning Conference, Asia Society. Brooklyn, NY, June, 2014.

Özçelik, Öner. 2014. ‘Stress’ or ‘Intonational prominence’? Word accent in Kazakh, Turkish, Uyghur and Uzbek. Paper presented at the 10th Workshop on Altaic Formal Linguistics (WAFL 10). MIT, Cambridge, MA, May 2014.

Özçelik, Öner. 2013. L1 effects on the acquisition of prosody in Kazakh, Turkish and Uzbek: evidence for UG. Paper presented at Second Language Research Forum 32 (SLRF 32), Brigham Young University, Provo, UT. October.

Özçelik, Öner. 2013. L2 acquisition of word stress: towards a prosodic acquisition path. Paper presented at Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition 2013 (GALA 2013), University of Oldenburg, Oldenburg, Germany, September 2013.

Belikova, Alyona, Tanja Kupisch, Deniz Akpinar, Oner Ozcelik, Ilse Stangen & Lydia White. 2013. Definiteness effect in adult German-Turkish bilinguals. Paper presented at Interdisciplinary Approaches to Multilingualism 2013 (IAM 2013), University of Calgary, Alberta, August 2013.

Özçelik, Öner. 2013. L2 acquisition of stress: the case of Turkish. Paper presented at the 12th Biennial Conference on Generative Approaches to Second Language Acquisition (GASLA 12). University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, April 2013.

Özçelik, Öner. 2013. Selectivity in L3 transfer: effects of typological and linguistic similarity in the L3 Turkish of Uzbek-Russian bilinguals. Paper presented at Generative Linguistics in the Old World 36 (GLOW 36). Lund University, Lund, Sweden, April 2013.

Kupisch, Tanja, Deniz Akpinar, Alyona Belikova, Paul Hagstrom, Öner Özçelik, Ilse Stangen, Lydia White. 2011. Language differentiation and knowledge of the DE in adult German-Turkish bilinguals. Paper presented at International Symposium on Bilingualism 8 (ISB 8). Oslo, Norway, June.

Özçelik, Öner. 2011. Redefining the prosodic hierarchy. Paper presented at Phonology in the 21st Century: In Honor of Glyne Piggott. Montreal, Canada, May.

Nagai, Miho & Öner Özçelik. 2011. Syntactic positions of Turkish bare NPs: The view from Aspect and Prosody. Poster presented at the 29th West Coast Conference for Formal Linguistics (WCCFL 29). Tucson, AZ, April.

Nagai, Miho & Öner Özçelik. 2011. Nominal positions in Turkish. Paper presented at the 47th Annual Annual Meeting of the Chicago Linguistic Society (CLS 47). Chicago, IL, April.

Nagai, Miho & Öner Özçelik. 2011. Syntactic positions of bare NPs in Turkish: Some implications from Aspect and Prosody. Paper presented at the 35th Annual Penn Linguistic Colloquium (PLC 35). Philadelphia, PA, March.

Özçelik, Öner. 2010. L2 acquisition of higher-level prosodic structures and the role of UG. Paper presented at the 4th Biennial Conference on Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition North America (GALANA 4), Toronto, Canada, September.

White, Lydia, Alyona Belikova, Paul Hagstrom, Tanja Kupisch & Öner Özçelik. 2010. There aren't many difficulties with definiteness: Negative existentials in the L2 English of Turkish and Russian speakers. Paper presented at the 4th Biennial Conference on Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition North America (GALANA 4), Toronto, Canada, September.

Özçelik, Öner. 2010. L2 acquisition of sentential stress: Implications for UG. Paper presented at New Sounds 2010, Poznan, Poland, May.

Özçelik, Öner. 2010. English/Turkish interlanguage prosody: Implications for UG, Prosodic Transfer Hypothesis and Full Transfer/Full Access. Paper presented at the 2010 Tokyo Conference on Psycholinguistics (TCP 2010), Tokyo, Japan, March.

Özçelik, Öner & Miho Nagai. 2010. Multiple subject positions: A case of perfect match between syntax and prosody. Paper presented at the 28th West Coast Conference for Formal Linguistics (WCCFL 28). University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, February.

 

Edited volume:
Özçelik, Öner & Amber Kennedy Kent. 2015. Proceedings of the 1st Conference on Central Asian Languages and Linguistics. IU Scholar Works. ISBN: 9780996176200.

Conferences organized:
Organized the second Conference on Central Asian Languages and Linguistics (ConCALL 2), October 2016. (funded through Title VI funds from the US Department of Education)

Organized the Workshop on Online LCTL Teaching, May 2015 (funded through Mellon’s MIIRT and contributions from IU units)

Initiated and organized the first Conference on Central Asian Languages and Linguistics (ConCALL), May 2014. (funded through CAHI, Ostrom, Title VI and contributions from IU units)

 

Grants, awards and honors

Grants and grant-related activities:
2015 – 2016:   Principal PI, Indiana University Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate
Education, Phase I Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SOTL) Grant: for
teaching/learning-related research, titled ‘Determining effectiveness of Content
Based Instruction in an online language learning environment’ (with Amber Kent
and Rahman Arman as other project members)

2014 - 2018:  PI, National Language Resource Center (LRC), Title VI Grant. Directing Center
for Languages of the Central Asian Region (CeLCAR), Department of Education -
$734,272.00 over a period of four years

2014 :           Indiana University Ostrom grant for creative scholarly, artistic and pedagogical
activities - $5,000 (one time)

2013 - 2014: Indiana University College of Arts and Humanities Institute (CAHI) grant for    
conference organization: for a conference on the “Central Asian Languages and
Linguistics” – $3,000 (one time)

2012 - 2013: Director/Principal PI, Mellon Innovating International Research, Teaching and
Collaboration Innovative Workshop grant (Andrew W Mellon Foundation), for the
organization of an “Intensive Workshop on Distance Teaching and Learning for Less
Commonly Taught and Critical Languages” at IU - $5,000.00 (one time)

2012 - 2013: Director/PI, Indiana National Guard grant for the organization of a seven-day
seminar under CeLCAR on Afghan Languages and Cultures. - $13,403.00 (one time)

2012 - 2014: Director, National Language Resource Center (LRC), Title VI Grant. Directing Center
for Languages of the Central Asian Region (CeLCAR), Department of Education -
$168,681.00 per year (renewable)

2012-2013: Chief Applied Linguist, Indiana University Turkish/Turkic Flagship Program, National
Security Education Program (NSEP), Department of Defense - $1,500,000.00 for the
first 3 years (renewable)

2012 Spring: Interim Director/project member, Indiana University Turkish/Turkic Flagship
Program, National Security Education Program (NSEP), Department of Defense –
$1,500,000 for the first 3 years (renewable)

 

Teaching awards:

2015              Trustees Teaching Award, Indiana University (nominated by departmental award
committee; selected by the Faculty Advisory Board of the School of Global and
International Studies)

2013              Trustees Teaching Award, Indiana University (nominated by the department;
selected by the College of Arts and Sciences)

2008              Faculty of Arts Graduate Student Teaching Award, McGill University

2005              Faculty of Arts and Sciences Graduate Student Teaching Award Finalist, University
of Pittsburgh

Fellowships:
2012              Summer Faculty Fellowship, Indiana University

2010 - 2011   Eileen Peters Fellowship, McGill University

2009 - 2010   Principal’s Graduate Fellowship, McGill University

2008 - 2009   Faculty of Arts Graduate Award, McGill University

2006 - 2007   Faculty of Arts Top-Up Fellowship, McGill University

2006 - 2007   Recruitment Excellence Fellowship, McGill University

2006 - 2011  Full PhD fellowship, Department of Linguistics, McGill University

2004 - 2006   Full MA fellowship, Department of Linguistics, University of Pittsburgh

2000 - 2004   High Success Fellowship, Boğaziçi University

Selected Academic awards:
2010               Lara Riente Memorial Prize, Department of Linguistics, McGill University

2009               EUROSLA student presenter award, Cork, Ireland

2006               Robert T. Henderson Endowment Fund Award, University of Pittsburgh

2004              Dean's Special Award for leadership in academic, social and cultural fields, Boğaziçi                
University

2004              High Honors Certificate, Faculty of Education, Boğaziçi University

2004              Ranked 1st among graduates in Faculty of Education, Boğaziçi University

2004              Ranked 1st among graduates in Department of Foreign Language
Education/Applied Linguistics, Boğaziçi University

2000              Certificate of Honor from the Minister of Education, Ankara, Turkey

2000              Ranked 1st in the University Entrance Exams in Turkey among test takers in the
fields of language and linguistics (out of about 1.5 million test takers in all fields)

 

Academic/scholarly review activities (journals, book chapters, conferences, grants):

  • Article reviewer for various linguistics and second language acquisition journals on a regular basis, including:
  • Phonology
  • Second Language Research
  • Language Acquisition
  • Language Learning
  • Bilingualism, Language and Cognition
  • Applied Psycholinguistics
  • Laboratory Phonology
  • Lingua
  • Linguistic Unlimited
  • Sage Open (as a section editor for Linguistics)
  • Abstract/Proposal Reviewer on a regular basis for a number of conferences, including:
  • Generative Approaches to Second Language Acquisition (GASLA).
  • International Symposium on Bilingualism (ISB)
  • Workshop on Altaic Formal Linguistics (WAFL)

 

  • Book chapter reviewer for several edited volumes by leading international publishers, both in English and in Turkish
  • Grant reviewer for NSF linguistics program

 

 

Department of Central Eurasian Studies
Global and International Studies Building 3024
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355 North Jordan Ave.
Bloomington, IN 47405-1105

Phone: (812) 855-2233
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