Nazik Dinçtopal Deniz

Nazik Dinçtopal-Deniz

Boğaziçi University, Faculty of Education,
Department of Foreign Language Education,
34342, Bebek/Istanbul, Turkey

E-mail: nazik.dinctopal@boun.edu.tr
Phone: (+90) 212-359-4612


RESEARCH INTERESTS

My research focuses on first and second language processing. I am specifically interested in rhythmic influences in sentence processing and prosodic disambiguation in syntactic and morphological processing in Turkish. I also investigate syntactic, lexical and prosodic factors in the sentence processing routines of second language speakers.

Please visit the Psycholinguistics Lab for further information regarding my research.

EDUCATION

Ph.D. in Linguistics (2014). Graduate Center, City University of New York, New York.
Dissertation: The interplay of syntactic parsing strategies and prosodic phrase lengths in processing Turkish sentences
M.Phil. in Linguistics (2011). Graduate Center, City University of New York, New York.
M.A. in Linguistics (2009). Graduate Center, City University of New York, New York.
M.A. in TESOL (2007). Boğaziçi University, Istanbul, Turkey.
B.A. in TESOL (2004). Boğaziçi University, Istanbul, Turkey.

PUBLICATIONS

Deniz, N. D. (2020). Prosodic disambiguation of morphological ambiguities in Turkish. Journal of Psycholinguistic Research, 49, 1083-1111. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10936-020-09735-2

Deniz, N. D. & Fodor, J. D. (2020). Timing of syntactic and rhythmic effects on ambiguity resolution in Turkish: A phoneme restoration study. Language and Speech, 63(4), 832-855. https://doi.org/10.1177/0023830919894614

Deniz, N. D. (2018). Investigating syntactic and metric influences in ambiguity resolution in Turkish. Proceedings of the 13th Workshop on Altaic Formal Linguistics (WAFL 13)MITWPL, 88.

Deniz, N. D. & Fodor, J. D. (2017). Phrase lengths and the perceived informativeness of prosodic cues in Turkish. Language and Speech, 60(4), 505-529. https://doi.org/10.1177/0023830916665653

Dinçtopal-Deniz, N. & Fodor, J. D. (2015). Interplay of syntactic parsing strategies and prosodic phrase lengths in processing Turkish sentences. U. Penn Working Papers in Linguistics, v. 21.1.

Dinçtopal-Deniz, N. (2010). Relative clause attachment preferences of Turkish L2 speakers of English: Shallow parsing in the L2? In B. VanPatten & J. Jegerski (Eds.), Research on second language processing and parsing (pp. 27-63). Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

Dinçtopal-Deniz, N. (2009). Anaphora in Turkish. Linguistics in the Big Apple: CUNY/NYU Working Papers in Linguistics.

Dinçtopal, N. (2009). Kod/Dil değiştirme davranışlarının yapısal ve toplumbilimsel boyutları [Structural and sociolinguistic dimensions of code-switching]. In Yaylı, D. & Y. Bayyurt (Eds.), Yabancılara Türkçe öğretimi: politika, yöntem ve beceriler (pp.43-56). Ankara: Anı Yayıncılık.

PRESENTATIONS

Peer-Reviewed Conference Presentations:

Bakay, Ö. & Deniz, N. D. (September, 2020). Missing-verb illusion in Turkish center-embeddings? An investigation of case interference and phrase lengths. 24th AMLaP (Architectures and Mechanisms for Language Processing) Conference, University of Potsdam [Virtual poster presentation].

Kurt, D. & Deniz, N. D. (September, 2020). Processing focus in Turkish. 24th AMLaP (Architectures and Mechanisms for Language Processing) Conference, University of Potsdam [Virtual poster presentation].

Serin Demirler, H. & Deniz, N. D. (August, 2019). Linear and syntactic distance in S-V agreement in the L2. The 29th Conference of the European Second Language Association (EuroSLA 29), Lund University, Lund [Paper presentation].

Özturhan, M. & Deniz, N. D. (August, 2019). Processing of English reflexives by Turkish speakers: An eye-tracking study. The 29th Conference of the European Second Language Association (EuroSLA 29), Lund University, Lund [Paper presentation].

Deniz, N. D. (March, 2019). The time-course of rhythmic and syntactic factors in silent reading in Turkish. 32nd Annual CUNY Sentence Processing Conference, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO [Poster presentation].

Serin Demirler, H. & Deniz, N. D. (March, 2019). Processing of number agreement in the L2: An eye-tracking study. 32nd Annual CUNY Sentence Processing Conference, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO [Poster presentation].

Özturhan, M. & Deniz, N. D. (March, 2019). Timing of structural and non-structural information in processing of reflexives in the L2. 32nd Annual CUNY Sentence Processing Conference, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO [Poster presentation].

Deniz, N. D. (March, 2018). Delayed but on-line effects of metric factors: Silent reading in Turkish. 31st Annual CUNY Sentence Processing Conference, UC, Davis, Davis [Poster presentation].

Deniz, N. D. (September, 2017).Syntactic and lexical influences on relative clause attachment ambiguity resolution in Turkish. 23rd AMLaP (Architectures and Mechanisms for Language Processing) Conference, Lancaster University, Lancaster [Poster presentation].

Deniz, N. D. (September, 2017). Turkish speakers’ use of prosody in producing and processing morphological ambiguities. 23rd AMLaP (Architectures and Mechanisms for Language Processing) Conference, Lancaster University, Lancaster [Poster presentation].

Deniz, N. D. (May, 2017). Syntactic and metric factors in processing Turkish sentences. The 13th Workshop on Altaic Formal Linguistics, Satellite Workshop: Interfaces in Altaic — Prosody and beyond. International Christian University, Tokyo [Paper presentation].

Deniz, N. D. (February, 2017). The role of prosody in processing morphological ambiguities in Turkish. The 18th International Conference on Turkish Linguistics, Çukurova University, Adana [Paper presentation].

Deniz, N. D. (February, 2017). Syntactic and lexical influences in processing relative clause attachment ambiguities in Turkish. The 18th International Conference on Turkish Linguistics, Çukurova University, Adana [Paper presentation].

Deniz, N. D. (May, 2016). Use of prosody in resolving Turkish morphological ambiguities. Third International Symposium on Brain and Cognitive Sciences. Yeditepe University, Istanbul [Poster presentation].

Deniz, N. D. (May, 2016). Processing relative clause attachment ambiguities in Turkish: Use of prosodic, lexical and syntactic information. Third International Symposium on Brain and Cognitive Sciences. Yeditepe University, Istanbul [Poster presentation].

Dinçtopal-Deniz, N. & Fodor, J. D. (May, 2015). Prosodic disambiguation in Turkish: Evidence from phoneme restoration, ETAP 3: Experimental and Theoretical Advances on Prosody. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign [Paper presentation].

Dinçtopal-Deniz, N. & Fodor, J. D. (March, 2015). Closure and prosody in Turkish ambiguity resolution: A phoneme restoration study. 28th CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing. University of Southern California, Los Angeles [Poster presentation].

Dinçtopal-Deniz, N. (September, 2014). Interplay of syntactic strategies and prosodic constraints on sentence parsing in Turkish. The 17th International Conference on Turkish Linguistics, University of Rouen, Rouen [Paper presentation].

Dinçtopal-Deniz, N. & Fodor, J. D. (March, 2014). Interplay of syntactic parsing strategies and prosodic phrase lengths in processing Turkish sentences, Penn Linguistics Conference 38, University of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania [Paper presentation].

Dinçtopal-Deniz, N. & Fodor, J. D. (September, 2013). Effects of constituent length on syntactic ambiguity resolution in Turkish, AMLaP (Architectures and Mechanisms for Language Processing), Marseille [Poster presentation].

Dinçtopal-Deniz, N. & Fodor, J. D. (September, 2013). Syntactic Late Closure and Rational Speaker effects: Evidence from Turkish, AMLaP (Architectures and Mechanisms for Language Processing), Marseille [Poster presentation].

Dinçtopal-Deniz, N. (May, 2009). Relative clause attachment preferences of end-state Turkish L2 speakers of English: Shallow parsing in the L2?, Second Language Processing and Parsing: State of the Science Conference, Texas Tech University, Lubbock [Paper presentation].

Dinçtopal-Deniz, N. (December, 2007). Syntactic processing in second language acquisition of English: Relative clause ambiguity resolution, CUNY-SUNY-NYU 9th Annual Mini-Conference, New York University, New York [Paper presentation].

Dinçtopal, N. (September, 2006). Relative clause attachment in the L1 and L2, 16th EuroSLA (European Second Language Association) Conference, Antalya/Turkey [Poster presentation].

Invited Talks:

Deniz, N. D. (April, 2017). An investigation of syntactic and metric influences on (silent) reading in Turkish. EyeTR Symposium, Middle East Technical University, Ankara.

Dinçtopal-Deniz, N. (December, 2015). Phrase lengths and syntactic parsing strategies in the precieved informativeness of prosodic cues in Turkish ambiguity resolution. Cognitive Science Seminar Series, Middle East Technical University, Ankara.

Dinçtopal-Deniz, N. (March, 2015). Processing sentences in Turkish: Effects of phrase lengths and syntactic parsing strategies in the perceived informativeness of prosodic cues. Cognitive Science Seminar Series, Yeditepe University, Istanbul.

Dinçtopal-Deniz, N. (October, 2014). An investigation of prosodic phrase lengths and syntactic parsing strategies in processing Turkish sentences. First International Graduate Student Day, Foreign Language Education Department, Boğaziçi University, Istanbul [Plenary talk].

Dinçtopal-Deniz, N. (September, 2013). Effects of constituent length on syntactic ambiguity resolution in Turkish: Evidence from reading and listening, Psycholinguistics Supper, City University of New York, Graduate Center, New York.

Dinçtopal-Deniz, N., Martohardjono, G., & Otheguy, R. (May, 2012). Does syntax matter in reading? A study of bilinguals, RISLUS Forum, City University of New York, Graduate Center, New York.

Dinçtopal-Deniz, N., Hernández Ramírez, L., Guzmán Valerio, L., Martohardjono, G., & Otheguy, R. (May, 2011). First and second language competencies in bilingual reading, RISLUS Forum, City University of New York, Graduate Center, New York.

Dinçtopal-Deniz, N. (October, 2009). First and second language processing of relative clause attachment ambiguities, Psycholinguistics Supper, City University of New York, Graduate Center, New York.

TEACHING

Courses taught at Boğaziçi University, Department of Foreign Language Education:

FLED 602: Advanced Research Methods (Spring 2017, 2018, 2019)
FLED 501: Research Methods (Fall 2016, 2017, 2019)
FLED 583: Introduction to Psycholinguistics (Spring 2016, 2017, Fall 2017, 2018, 2019)
FLED 211: English Language Awareness (Spring 2015, 2016, 2018, Fall 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019)
FLED 212: Second Language Learning (Spring 2016, 2017)
FLED 201: Survey of Applied Linguistics (Fall 2016)
FLED 103: English Composition (Fall 2015, 2016)
FLED 104: Academic Writing, Research and Study Skills (Spring 2015)

Courses taught at other institutions:

LCD 105: Introduction to Psycholinguistics (Spring 2011, 2012, 2013): Queens College, City University of New York, New York.
ELL 101: Introduction to Language (Fall, Spring 2009, Fall 2010, Fall 2011): LaGuardia Community College, City University of New York, New York.
Intermediate Turkish (September 2013 – May 2014): Columbia University, Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies Program, New York.

ACTIVE RESEARCH PROJECTS

An investigation of working memory and prosodic phrasing in processing complex sentences in the second language — Funded by Boğaziçi University Research Foundation (BAP).

Syntactic and Metric Constraints in Silent Reading in Turkish: An Eye-tracking Study — Funded by Boğaziçi University Research Foundation (BAP) as a Start-up Project

Prosodic Disambiguation in Processing Morphology in Turkish

GRANTS & FELLOWSHIPS

Boğaziçi University Research Foundation (BAP) #108D06P1, ₺54,400 (March 2018 – March 2021)
Boğaziçi University Research Foundation Start-up Fund #15D06SUP2, ₺175,000 (~ $60,000) (December 2015 – August 2017)
National Science Foundation, Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant #BCS-1250473, $9,984 (February 2013 – 2015)
Writing Across the Curriculum Fellowship, Graduate Center, City University of New York (2013-2014)
CUNY Graduate Center, Doctoral Student Research Grant, $1,000 (Spring, 2013)
CUNY Graduate Center, Doctoral Student Research Grant, $1,800 (Spring, 2011)
Turkish Council of Higher Education, Doctoral Study Scholarship (2007-2011)