Hello, thanks for visiting my website. I am a passionate psycho/neurolinguist, and a lifelong foodie. I prefer using my last name Kutlu- it does not entail any formality.
I did my BA on Translation Studies in Turkey. I decided to continue my education in Canada. During 2012-2013, I was an MA Qualifying Year student in Linguistics at University of Ottawa. From September 2013 to June 2015, I was an M.Cog.Sc. student at Carleton University in the Department of Cognitive Science. Currently, I am PhD student at University of Florida in the Department of Linguistics.
I cannot categorize my interests but I can draw them. I see my life as a huge syntactic tree. Each node has its own importance. Sometimes some of these nodes move up, sometimes their movement has restrictions because of other reasons. Although my binding domain does not work properly, I have been working on it for a long time. Hopefully, I will be able to solve that problem.
Sometimes some nodes create negative polarity items, and sometimes the downward entailment is inevitable, but most of the time my grammar works very well. Two of my nodes are –as seen from these lines- linguistics, and mainly, syntax. I am investigating different languages and their syntax. My work is comprised of Turkish syntax, first and second language acquisition (mainly in Turkish, Turkish-English bilinguals, and English-French bilinguals). I worked on Teenek language. I have investigated m-Reduplication in Turkish with Dr. Solveiga Armoskaite. I am working on first and second language sentence processing with Dr. Laura Sabourin.I’m also a proud alumni of uOttawa Brain and Language Lab.
Some of my other nodes encapsulate being a foodie, being an activist for endangered languages, education rights, transgender people, and helping orphaned and abandoned children.
I believe that all of us are acquiring our own lives as we have acquired our first languages. Sometimes we overgeneralize some rules, and put plurality at the end of every noun or move things around improperly, but in the end, all of us are big trees and all of us are dealing with our own problems in our trees. With this, I believe that as we master our first languages, someday we will master our own lives as well. Until then, draw another node on your tree!