About me

My name is pronounced as [ja:mur̥ sa:], and I am a Ph.D. candidate at Linguistics department, Rutgers University. I am primarily interested in semantics, and syntax-semantics interface.

Currently, I am working on my dissertation which is advised by Veneeta Dayal. I investigate the semantics of bare nouns in languages with and without articles, measurement, counting, and optional classifiers together with the morpho-syntactic operations that manipulate them. My dissertation mainly focuses on a comparison of Turkish with English complemented by my fieldwork-based research on Persian and Western Armenian.

In addition, I have other projects that fall under the broad umbrella of my research program. In one project, I have conducted an experiment on the semantics of Turkish plurals in collaboration with Jacopo Romoli and Agata Renans, among others. One other project I am currently carrying out in collaboration with Jane Grimshaw and Umit Atlamaz explores the syntax-semantics interface in connection with embedded questions and complementizer selection in Turkish. In another project, I have worked on the syntax of light verb constructions, and I am planning to investigate the semantic implications of this work.

Before starting my Ph.D. at Rutgers, I have also worked on the Denizli dialect of Turkish, primarily on the verbal domain, exploring the copulas, person agreement markers, and tense/aspect/modality.

My CV

Research

Publications


To appear. Veneeta Dayal and Yağmur Sağ. Determiners and Bare Nouns. Annual Review of Linguistics. Volume 6.

To appear. Pseudo-incorporation as Sub-event Kind Formation. Proceedings of the 14th Workshop on Altaic Formal Linguistics (WAFL 14), MITWPL.

Under review. Bare Singulars and Singularity in Turkish. Linguistics and Philosophy.

In prep. Agata Renans, Jacopo Romoli, Yağmur Sağ, Lyn Tieu, Nihan Ketrez, Hanna de Vries, Raffaella Folli, and George Tsoulas. Turkish plural isn’t so different after all. [Experimental]

In prep. The Curios Case of Measure Semantics.

2018. Person agreement in the Denizli Dialect of Turkish. Proceedings of the 10th Workshop on Altaic Formal Linguistics (WAFL 10). MITWPL.

2018. The Semantics of Turkish Numeral Constructions. Proceedings of Sinn und Bedeutung 22 (SuB 22), ZAS.

2017. Verbal Head Incorporation in Turkish. Proceedings of the 12th Workshop on Altaic Formal Linguistics (WAFL 12). MITWPL.

2017. Complex Predication via Phrasal Adjunction to a Head Category. Proceedings of the 34th West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics (WCCFL 34). Casscadilla Proceedings Project. http://www.lingref.com/cpp/wccfl/34/abstract3349.html

2016. On the Semantics of Classifiers: A New Perspective from an Optional Classifier Language, Turkish. Ms. Rutgers University. [Qualifying Paper]

2015. The spell-out of combined predicate structures in Turkish: a nano-syntactic analysis. Ankara Papers in Turkish and Turkic Linguistics. TURKOLOGICA:103. Harrassowitz Verlag. Wiesbaden. pg. 202-215.

2015. Complex Predicate Formation via Adjunction to a Head Category: Evidence from Light Verb Constructions in Turkish. Ms. Rutgers University. [Qualifying Paper]

2013. The Verbal Functional Domain in the Denizli Dialect of Turkish. MA Thesis. Boğaziçi University, Istanbul.

2013. Denizli ağzında tümcesel tümleçlerin yapısı: Ölçünlü Türkçe ile karşılaştırmalı bir çalışma. [The structure of sentential complements in the Denizli dialect: A comparison with Standard Turkish] Proceedings of the 26th Dilbilim Kurultayı (All-Turkey Linguistics Conference), Süleyman Demirel Üniversitesi.

2013. Copula in Turkish. Proceedings of the 8th Workshop on Altaic Formal Linguistics (WAFL 8), MITWPL 67.


Talks & Posters


Upcoming. Definiteness and Indefiniteness in Turkish. Workshop on Identifying (In)definiteness, Yale University, March, 29-30 [invited].

2018. Pseudo-incorporation as Sub-event Kind Formation. The 14th Workshop on Altaic Formal Linguistics (WAFL 14), Massachusetts Institute Technology, October 19-21.

2017. The Semantics of Numeral Constructions in Turkish. Sinn und Bedeutung 22 (SuB 22), ZAS, September, 7-10.

2017. The Semantics of Numeral Constructions in Turkish. RULing XII, Rutgers University, May, 5.

2017. Turkish an Optional Classifier Language with Plurals. The 41st Penn Linguistics Conference (PLC 41), UPenn, March, 24-26.

2016. Turkish an Optional Classifier Language with Plurals. MACSIM 6, CUNY, October 1.

2016. Verbal Head Incorporation in Turkish. The 12th Workshop on Altaic Formal Linguistics (WAFL 12), Central Connecticut State University, May 12-15.

2016. The Semantics of Number in Turkish. RULing XI, Rutgers University, April 2.

2016. Complex Predication via Phrasal Adjunction to a Head Category. The West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics 34 (WCCFL 34), The University of Utah, April 29 – May 1.

2016. Pseudo-Verb Incorporation via Phrasal Adjunction to V0. The 40th Penn Linguistics Conference (PLC 40), UPenn, March 18-20.

2015. Complex Predicate Formation via Adjunction to a Head Category: Evidence from Light Verb Constructions in Turkish. Turkish, Turkic and the Languages of Turkey (Tu+1), UMass, Amherst. November 21-22.

2015. Light Verb Constructions in Turkish. RULing X, Rutgers University, May 2.

2014. Person agreement in the Denizli dialect of Turkish. The 10th Workshop on Altaic Formal Languages (WAFL 10), Massachusetts Institute of Technology, May 2-4. [Winner of the Best Poster Award]

2014. Person Agreement in the Denizli Dialect of Turkish. RULing IX, Rutgers University, April 11-12.

2012. The Copula and the Embedded Structure in Denizli Dialect of Turkish: A Nano-syntactic Analysis. The 16th International Conference on Turkish Linguistics (ICTL 16), Middle East Technical University, September 18-21.

2012. Koşacın Denizli Ağzındaki Yeri ve İşlevi [The position and function of the copula in the Denizli Dialect]. 26. Ulusal Dilbilim Kurultayı (the 26th All-Turkey Linguistics Conference), Süleyman Demirel Üniversitesi, May 24-26.

2012. The Nominalized Complements in Two Dialects of Turkish: Evidence from the copula. The 8th Workshop on Formal Altaic Linguistics (WAFL 8), Stuttgart University, May 18-20.

2012. The Nominalized Complements in Two Dialects of Turkish: Evidence from the copula. Boğaziçi Linguistic Circle- BLC, Boğaziçi University, May 9.


Teaching

 

2017 Spring: Instructor to Introduction to the Study of Language (LING 101), Rutgers University [undergraduate]

2016 Fall: Instructor to Introduction to the Study of Language (LING 101), Rutgers University [undergraduate]

2016 Spring: Instructor to Introduction to Linguistics (LING 201), Rutgers University [undergraduate]

2015 Fall: Teaching Assistant to Introduction to Linguistics (LING 201), Rutgers University [undergraduate]

2011-2013: EFL Instructor, Yıldız Technical University

2012: Material Development Coordinator, Yıldız Technical University