• Rutgers University
    Department of Linguistics
  • 18 Seminary Place, New Brunswick, NJ.
  • yagmursag {at} gmail.com
  • yagmur.sag {at} rutgers.edu

About me

My name is pronounced as [ja:mur̥ sa:], and I am a Ph.D. candidate at Linguistics department, Rutgers University.

My research interest is primarily in semantics, and syntax-semantics interface. Currently, I work on nominal, numeral, and classifier semantics in Turkish and Persian (extended to other classifier languages). I am also involved in the following project: syntax-semantics interface of embedded questions and diye particle in Turkish (with Umit Atlamaz and Jane Grimshaw).

I have been working on syntax of complex predication, based on light verb constructions in Turkish. 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 categories.

My CV

My research

Talks & Posters

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. 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). UPenn, March 18-20, 2016.

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

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

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

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

The Copula and the Embedded Structure in Denizli Dialect of Turkish: A Nano-syntactic Analysis. The 16th International Conference on Turkish Linguistics- ICTL, Middle East Technical University, Ankara-Turkey, 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, Isparta-Turkey, May 24-26, 2012.

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

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


Publications

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

Sağ, Y. in press. Complex Predication via Phrasal Adjunction to a Head Category. Proceedings of the 34th West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics (WCCFL). Casscadilla Proceedings Project.

Sağ, Y. in press. Person agreement in the Denizli Dialect of Turkish. Proceedings of the 10th Workshop on Altaic Formal Linguistics (WAFL 10). MITWPL. (manuscript)

Sağ, Y. 2016. On the Semantics of Classifiers: A New Perspective from an Optional Classifier Language, Turkish. Ms. Rutgers University.

Sağ, Y. 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.

Sağ, Y. 2015. Complex Predicate Formation via Adjunction to a Head Category: Evidence from Light Verb Constructions in Turkish. Ms. Rutgers University.

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

Sağ, Y. 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), 24-26 May 2012, Süleyman Demirel Üniversitesi, Isparta.

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