I am a Ph.D. candidate at Rutgers University. I primarily work on Syntax and Morphology. My main research is on the interaction of Case and Agreement. I have worked on split ergativity and its relationship with agreement in Kurmanji - an Indo-Iranian language spoken in southeastern Turkey. For my dissertation, I am investigating a larger typology of languages where agreement is disrupted by case on goals or the relative positions of probes/goals.

In addition to my core research on case/agreement, I am interested in Null Objects in Kurmanji, Indo-Iranian "stems" (with Laura Kalin), Complement Clauses in Turkish (with Jane Grimshaw and Yağmur Sağ), and Focused Questions in Turkish.

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Keywords

  • Case, Ergativity, Case/Agreement-Split
  • Partial agreement, Agreement disruptions
  • Differential Object Marking, Nominal Licensing
  • Ezafe, Word order, Focus in questions

Key languages

  • Kurmanji (Indo-Iranian)
  • Turkish (Turkic)
  • Kashmiri (Dardic), Laz (Caucasian)
  • Hindi (Indo-Aryan), Icelandic (North Germanic)

{ } Other interests

  • Epistemology, Ethics
  • Social theory
  • Web design, Tech, NLP
  • Soccer, Westworld

Research


Papers & Manuscripts

Atlamaz, Ümit. (in prep.). Differential Object Marking and Nominal Licensing.

Atlamaz, Ümit & Baker, Mark. (accepted). On Partial Agreement and Oblique Case.

Atlamaz, Ümit & Baker, Mark. 2016. Agreement With and Past Oblique Subjects: New Considerations from Kurmanji. In Proceedings of the Forty-Sixth Annual Meeting of the North East Linguistic Society: Volume 1, ed. Christopher Kimmerly & Brandon Prickett, 39-49. Amherst, MA: GLSA.

Atlamaz, Ümit. 2016. Merging Modifiers of an NP before Its Arguments. In Proceedings of the 33rd West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics, ed. Kyeong-min Kim et al., 47-56. Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Proceedings Project.

Baker, Mark. & Atlamaz, Ümit. 2014. On the Relationship of Case to Agreement in Split-Ergative Kurmanji. Manuscript, Rutgers University.

Atlamaz, Ümit. 2013. Cyclic Agreement and Empty Slots in Pazar Laz. Proceedings of the 37th Annual Meeting of the Berkeley Linguistics Society: Special Session on Languages of the Caucasus, pp. 18-31.

Atlamaz, Ümit. 2012. Ergative as Accusative Case: Evidence from Adıyaman Kurmanji. Masters Thesis, Boğaziçi University.

Atlamaz, Ümit. 2011. Adverbial Clauses in Pazar Laz. In B. Öztürk, & M. Pöchtrager, Pazar Laz (pp. 139-144). LINCOM EUROPA.

Talks & Posters

(With Laura Kalin) Reanalyzing Indo-Iranian “stems”: A case study of Adıyaman Kurmanji. Turkish, Turkic and the languages of Turkey, UMass Amherst, November 21–22, 2015.

MI Questions in Turkish. Turkish, Turkic and the languages of Turkey, UMass Amherst, November 21–22, 2015.

(Work with Mark Baker) On Agreement With and Past Oblique Subjects: New Considerations Based on Kurmanji. NELS 46, Concordia University, October 17, 2015.

Extending Greenberg’s Universal 20: Adjectives, Arguments and the NP. Brown Bag Talk, Stony Brook University, May 6, 2015.

Functional Projections and Movement in DP : What ezafe teaches us. RULing IX, Rutgers University, April 2014.

Ergativity, Case & Coordination in Adıyaman Kurmanji. BLC. Boğaziçi University, 2012.

Cyclic Agreement and Empty Slots in Pazar Laz. The 37th Annual Meeting of the Berkeley Linguistics Society: Special Session on Languages of the Caucasus, 2011.

Teaching


Courses Taught

Linguistics
  • Intro. to linguistics (Instructor, 4 times)
  • Intro. to linguistics (TA, 3 times)
  • Phonology, (TA)
  • Structure of modern Turkish (TA)
  • English Turkish Contrastive Analysis (TA)
Other
  • Expository Writing (Instructor, 4 times)
  • English (2 years)
  • Turkish (TA & Instructor, 3 Summers)

Teaching Philosophy

Key principles guiding my teaching
  • Student centered, Hands-on
  • Constructive and immediate feedback
  • Challenging yet achievable
  • Welcoming multiple intelligences
  • Collaborative

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