Nazik Dinçtopal Deniz

Assistant Professor
E-Mail: 
nazik.dinctopal@boun.edu.tr
Office: 
EF 511
Phone: 
+90 212 359 4612
Education: 

Ph.D., City University of New York, Department of Linguistics, USA, 2014.
M.Phil., City University of New York, Department of Linguistics, USA, 2011.
M.A., City University of New York, Department of Linguistics, USA, 2009.
M.A., Boğaziçi University, Department of Foreign Language Education, Istanbul, Turkey, 2007.
B.A., Boğaziçi University, Department of Foreign Language Education, Istanbul, Turkey, 2004.

Abbreviated Curriculum Vitae: 

Nazik Dinçtopal Deniz is a full-time faculty member at Boğaziçi University, Department of Foreign Language Education. She has a secondary appointment in the Cognitive Science M.A. Program at the same university. She received her Ph.D. degree in linguistics from the Graduate Center, City University of New York (CUNY). Before coming to Boğaziçi, she taught at Columbia University, Queens College (CUNY) and  LaGuardia Community College (CUNY). She currently teaches undergraduate courses on language awareness and second language acquisition and graduate courses on psycholinguistics and methods in (experimental) research and data analysis.

Her research focuses on first and second language processing. She is specifically interested in rhythmic influences in sentence processing and prosodic disambiguation in syntactic and morphological processing in Turkish. She also investigates syntactic, lexical and prosodic factors in sentence processing routines of second language speakers. She is the co-director of the psycholinguistics laboratory in the Foreign Language Education Department. 

Research Interests: 

Psycholinguistics
Role of prosody in syntactic and morphological processing in Turkish
Syntactic and metric factors in sentence processing
Prosodic, syntactic and lexical factors in second language sentence processing

Publications: 

Deniz, N. D. (2018). Investigating syntactic and metric influences in ambiguity resolution in TurkishProceedings 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.

Dinçtopal-Deniz, N. & Fodor, J. D. (2015). Interplay of syntactic parsing strategies and prosodic phrase lengths in processing Turkish sentencesU. 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 TurkishLinguistics 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.

Talks / Presentations: 

Peer-Reviewed Conference Presentations:

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].

DinçtopalN. (September, 2006). Relative clause attachment in the L1 and L2, 16th EuroSLA (European Second Language Association) ConferenceAntalya/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 ValerioL., 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.

Research Projects: 

Syntactic and Metric Constraints in Silent Reading in Turkish: An Eye-tracking Study (Funded by Boğaziçi University Research Foundation as a Start-up Project (₺175,000 (~ $60,000))

Effects of Working Memory, Prosodic Phrasing, and Lexico-Semantic Information on Second Language Processing

Prosodic Disambiguation in Processing Morphology in Turkish

Courses: 

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

FLED 602: Advanced Research Methods (Spring, 2017)

FLED 501: Research Methods (Fall 2016, 2017)

FLED 583: Introduction to Psycholinguistics (Spring 2016, 2017, Fall, 2017)

FLED 211: English Language Awareness (Spring 2015, 2016, Fall 2016, 2017)

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.

Theses Directed: 

Özturhan, M. (2018): Processing reflexives in the second language: Evidence from eye-tracking.

Serin, H. (in-progress, M.A.): Processing number agreement by Turkish speakers of English.