The heart of my research concentration is comparative syntax, specifically the investigation of cross-linguistic and cross-dialectal variation to figure out the design specifications underlying all human languages. I believe that utilizing insights from theoretical linguistics in conjunction with experimental studies provides a stronger means of advancing our understanding of the language faculty.

I am also interested in contact-induced syntactic changes, which I particularly conduct hand in hand with my research on the documentation and investigation of understudied Arabic dialects.


  • 12/2015 – 6/2016. PI: Ashwini Deo, helping with the creation of a database for tense, aspect systems of Indo-Aryan languages.
  • 7/2013 – 9/2013. Fieldwork on Sason Arabic, carried out in the village of Kuzzi, Bitlis, Turkey.


  • Akkuş, Faruk. 2015. Sason Arabic: a morphological sketch. Ms. Yale University. [pdf] (a non-comprehensive morphological sketch I prepared for Jim Wood’s Morphology I class at Yale University, Fall 2015).
  • Yakut, Büşra. 2013. Syntax of Sason Arabic: A Descriptive Review . Ms. Boğaziçi University. [pdf] (with permission of the author).
  • Brody, Parker. 2016. Sason Arabic: a phonetic sketch. Ms. Yale University. [pdf] (with permission of the author; a phonetic sketch of the language for Ryan Bennett’s Phonetics course).
  • Taylan, Eser. 2017. Language Contact in Anatolia: the case of Sason Arabic. In Endangered languages of the Caucasus and beyond eds. Ramazan Korkmaz and Doğan Gürkan. Brill. [link]