I am a Linguistics PhD candidate at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where I work with Dr. Silvina Montrul. I am interested in heritage language acquisition of Turkish morphology and morphosyntax.

I graduated with a BA (Hons.) in Foreign Language Education from Boğaziçi University, İstanbul, Turkey in 2015. In 2018, I received my first Masters in Foreign Language Education from Boğaziçi University, where I was advised by Dr. Ayşe Gürel. I did my second Masters thesis under the supervision of Dr. Silvina Montrul at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Currently, I am open to academic job opportunities. For more details, check my CV or contact me on my email.

Publications

Input factors in the acquisition of evidentiality by Turkish heritage language children and adults in the United States
Aylin Coşkun Kunduz, Silvina Montrul
Language Acquisition

Heritage language acquisition and maintenance of Turkish in the United States: Challenges to teaching Turkish as a heritage language
Aylin Coşkun Kunduz
The Journal of Linguistics

Relative clauses in child heritage speakers of Turkish in the United States
Aylin Coşkun Kunduz, Silvina Montrul
Linguistic Approaches to Bilingualism

Sources of variability in the acquisition of Differential Object Marking by Turkish heritage language children in the United States
Aylin Coşkun Kunduz, Silvina Montrul
Bilingualism: Language and Cognition

The L1 Acquisition of Evidentiality in Turkish: The Case of Older Children
Aylin Coşkun Kunduz, Silvina Montrul
Proceedings of the 4th Conference on Central Asian Language and Linguistics (ConCALL-4)

Türkçenin yabancı dil olarak öğreniminde durum eklerinin kulllanımı [The use of case morphemes in Turkish as a second language]
Aylin Coşkun Kunduz, Ayşe Gürel
Dilbilimde Güncel Tartışmalar

Conference presentations

Flexibility of complex syntax after puberty: The case of Turkish-American returnees
Aylin Coşkun Kunduz, Silvina Montrul
Fifteenth Heritage Language Research Institute, UCLA, CA, US.
Poster presentation

Heritage language acquisition of evidentiality under maximal input conditions: The case of Turkish-American returnees
Aylin Coşkun Kunduz, Silvina Montrul
The 17th Meeting of Generative Approaches to Second Language Acquisition (GASLA-17), Champaign, IL, US.
Stage talk

Relative clauses in Turkish-American returnees
Aylin Coşkun Kunduz, Silvina Montrul
The 48th Annual Penn Linguistics Conference (PLC-48), Philadelphia, PA, US.
Stage talk

How flexible are grammars past puberty? Evidence from Turkish-American returnees
Aylin Coşkun Kunduz, Silvina Montrul
The 48th Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development (BUCLD-48), Boston, MA, US.
Stage talk

Toward understanding the variability in Turkish heritage language children’s acquisition of evidentiality
Aylin Coşkun Kunduz, Silvina Montrul
Heritage Languages at the Crossroads (HL@Cross), Istanbul, Turkey.
Stage talk

The role of input in the acquisition of evidentiality by Turkish heritage language children in the United States
Aylin Coşkun Kunduz, Silvina Montrul
The 47th Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development (BUCLD-47), Boston, MA, US.
Stage talk

Sources of variability in the acquisition of evidentiality by Turkish heritage language children in the United States
Aylin Coşkun Kunduz, Silvina Montrul
University of Illinois at Chicago Bilingualism Forum 2022, Chicago, IL, US.
Stage talk

Relative clauses in child heritage speakers of Turkish in the United States
Aylin Coşkun Kunduz, Silvina Montrul
Fourth International Conference on Heritage/Community Languages, UCLA, CA, US.
Stage talk

Relative clauses in child heritage speakers of Turkish in the United States
Aylin Coşkun Kunduz, Silvina Montrul
Generative Approaches to Second Language Acquisition (GASLA-16),Trondheim, Norway.
Poster presentation

The L1 Acquisition of Evidentiality in Turkish: The case of older children
Aylin Coşkun Kunduz, Silvina Montrul
Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition North America (GALANA-9), Reykjavík, Iceland.
Stage talk

The L1 Acquisition of Evidentiality in Turkish: The case of older children
Aylin Coşkun Kunduz, Silvina Montrul
4th Conference on Central Asian Languages and Linguistics (ConCALL-4), Indiana, IN, US.
Stage talk

The role of input in the acquisition of Differential Object Marking by Turkish heritage language children in the United States
Aylin Coşkun Kunduz, Silvina Montrul
Research Unit "Emerging Grammars in Language Contact Situations" (RUEG21) Conference – Dynamics of Language Contact, Berlin, Germany.
Stage talk

The acquisition of morphology in a highly inflected second language: The case of Turkish
Aylin Coşkun Kunduz, Ayşe Gürel
The 37th Second Language Research Forum (SLRF), Montreal, Canada.
Stage talk

The L2 use of Case morphemes in Turkish
Aylin Coşkun Kunduz, Ayşe Gürel
The 31st National Linguistics Convention, Eskişehir, Turkey
Stage talk

Invited talk

Ultimate attainment of complex morphosyntax in Turkish-American returnees
Aylin Coşkun Kunduz
Turkic Linguistic Network, Berlin, Germany

Exploring individual variation in child and adult Turkish heritage speakers in the United States
Aylin Coşkun Kunduz
The Psycholinguistics of Language Representation (PoLaR) Lab at UiT the Arctic University of Norway, Tromsø, Norway

Projects

Variation in phonological spell-out: The case of Kazakh and Turkish
Joshua Dees, Aylin Coşkun Kunduz
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Nominal coordinated constructions in Korean and in Turkish
James Yoon, Aylin Coşkun Kunduz, Chae Eun Lee
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Inner aspect and the syntax-semantics interface
Jonathan MacDonald, Aylin Coşkun Kunduz, Mien-Jen Wu
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Service

Co-chair of ILLS15
Aylin Coşkun Kunduz, Mai Mohamed
15th Annual Meeting of the Illinois Language and Linguistics Society Total funds raised: $15,000. Plenary speakers: Drs. Lydia White, Barbara Bullock, Johanne Paradis and Viorica Marian
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Manuscript reviewer
Second Language Research | International Journal of Multilingualism | Applied Psycholinguistics | Frontiers in Psychology

Grants and fellowships

Graduate Student Conference Travel Grant
Center for East Asian & Pacific Studies (CEAPS), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Graduate College Dissertation Completion Fellowship
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, US

School of Literatures, Cultures & Linguistics (SLCL) Dissertation Completion Fellowship (*declined due to fellowship conflict)
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, US

Distinguished Graduate Fellowship in Humanities & Arts
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, US

Graduate College Dissertation Travel Grant
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, US

Honors, Recognitions and Outstanding Achievements

Linguistics Leadership Award (Spring 2023)
Linguistics Department, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Spring 2023)

Douglas A. Kibbee Prize for the most outstanding dissertation proposal (*declined due to fellowship conflict)
School of Literatures, Cultures & Linguistics (SLCL), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Spring 2023)

Conference Travel Award
Linguistics Department, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Spring 2023)

Paula Menyuk Travel Award for BUCLD-47
Boston University, US (Fall 2022)

C. W. Kim Research Award
Linguistics Department, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Spring 2022)

SLATE Doctoral Research Award
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Fall 2021)

H. R. Kahane award for outstanding TA in non-western languages
Linguistics Department, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Spring 2021)

Graduate College Travel Award
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Fall 2020)

CeLCAR Student Travel Stipend Award
Indiana University Bloomington, US (Spring 2020)

SLATE Conference Travel Award
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Spring 2020)

List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by their students: 2 out of 2 semesters of instruction
Center for Innovation in Teaching & Learning (CITL), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Fall 2019 - Spring 2020)

2018-Present
2010-2018