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Öner Özçelik received his Ph.D. in Linguistics from McGill University, Montréal in 2012. He has an M.A. in Applied Linguistics from the University of Pittsburgh and a B.A. in Foreign Language Education from Boğaziçi University, Istanbul. His research involves both theoretical and applied linguistics, with a focus on phonology and its acquisition by second language learners. He has taught courses on phonology and phonetics, as well as general linguistics and Turkish language classes. He is the recipient of several awards for his teaching and research, including the McGill University Graduate Student Teaching Award and “best presentation/proposal” awards at leading international linguistics and second language acquisition conferences.

He is an Assistant Professor in Indiana University’s Central Eurasian Studies Department, and he has a linguistics research lab on campus, helping him to investigate the phonology and second language acquisition of Turkic and Altaic languages. He is the Chief Applied Linguist, and was, until recently, the Director of the new Turkish/Turkic Flagship Program funded by the U.S. Department of Defense. He also served, until recently, as the Language Coordinator of the Central Eurasian Studies Department, responsible for the supervision of language instruction at all levels of Dari, Estonian, Finnish, Hungarian, Kazakh, Mongolian, Pashto, Persian, Tibetan, Turkish, Uyghur, and Uzbek.


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