Didar AKAR

Associate Professor
  • MA Advisor
  • Freshman Advisor (2015-2016)
  • Sophomore Advisor (2016-2017)
Office: 
JF 302
E-mail: 
akar@boun.edu.tr
Phone: 
4912
Education: 

1998

Ph.D. in Linguistics. University of Michigan

1990

M.A. in Linguistics, Boğaziçi University.

1987

B.A. in Western Languages and Literature, Boğaziçi University.

 

Research Interests: 

Discourse analysis, genre analysis, language and gender, language acquisition

Research Projects: 
  • PI, Identity construction in the narratives of female victims of domestic abuse (2007-2012)
  • Boğaziçi University Research Fund
  • Description: Identity construction in the narratives of female victims of domestic abuse 
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  • Researcher, SLI (Specific Language Impairment) in Turkish (2004-2007)
  • Boğaziçi University Research Fund.
  • Description: A project with Mine Nakipoğlu (PI) and Ayşe Gürel on the description and diagnosis of SLI in Turkish 
  •  
  • Researcher, The role of language in the development of theory of mind (1992-1995)
  • University of Michigan, Department of Psychology
  • Role: providing information on Turkish, preparing and carrying out the experiment in Turkey, coding and analyzing the data. 
  • Description: A cross-linguistic project with Marilyn Shatz (PI), Ivelisse Martinez, and Gill Diesendruck
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  • Researcher, Ottoman project (1994)
  • University of Michigan, Harlan-Hatcher Graduate Library
  • Description: inventory, transliteration, classification, and card-cataloging of the Ottoman Collection at the Harlan-Hatcher Graduate Library 

Publications

Books and edited volumes: 

Özsoy, S., Akar, D., Demiralp, M. Erguvanlı-Taylan, E. and A. Aksu-Koç (eds.) (2003) Studies on Turkic Linguistics. Istanbul: Boğaziçi University Press.  

Taylan, E. and D. Akar (1997) Kayıp Çanta: Öykü Yabancılar için Türkçe Başlangıç Düzeyi. Istanbul: Boğaziçi Üniversitesi Yayınları. 

Articles and book chapters: 

Akar, D. (2011) Impersonalization and agency: The linguistic strategies of distancing the self from traumas. in Erguvanlı-Taylan and Rona (eds) Puzzles of Language: Essays in Homor of Karl Zimmer. Harrassowitz (pp 187-200).

Kaya, N. and D. Akar (2011) Ambivalent belongings: Constructing identities in immigrant discourse. In Ciapiela, K. (ed.) Personal Identity through a Language Lens. Lodz Studies in Language. Peter Lang Publishing (pp.43-54).

Koçbaş, D. and D. Akar (2007) Açıklayıcı metinlerde bağlılık oluşturma yöntemi olarak göndergelerin gelişimsel izleği. Dilbilim Araştırmaları. Istanbul: Boğaziçi Üniversitesi Yayınevi (pp. 17-32). 

Shatz, M., Diesendruck, G., Martinez-Beck, I., and Akar, D. (2003) The influence of language and socioeconomic status on children’s understanding of false belief. Developmental Psychology 39(4):717-729. 

Akar, D. (2002) The macro contextual factors shaping business discourse: the Turkish case. International Review of Applied Linguistics 40: 305-322

Akar, D. (2000) Gereğinin yapılmasını rica ederim: İş yazışmalarında kullanılan istek biçimleri. Dilbilim Araştırmaları. Istanbul: Simurg Yayınevi. (pp. 9-16). 

Akar, D. (2000) Wh-questions in Turkish. In Rona, B. (Ed) Current Issues in Turkish Linguistics volume II. Ankara: Hitit Publications. (pp. 67-74). 

Akar, D. and L. Louhiala-Salminen (1999) Towards a new genre: A comparative study of business faxes. In Bargiela-Chiappini, F and C. Nickerson (eds) Writing Business: Genres, Methods, and Languages. Essex, UK: Longman. (pp. 207-226). 

Akar, D, Jill D. Dowdy, Stephanie Lindemann, Ana Cristina Ostermann, John M. Swales, & Jens C. Türp. (1996) A linguistic analysis of patient letters to the TMJ Association: Preliminary results. The TMJ Report: Summer 1996: 2-4. 

Akar, D. (1988) Interjections in Turkish. In Koç, S. (ed) Procedings of the IV. International Conference on Turkish Linguistics. Ankara: Middle East Technical University. (pp. 265-274).

Talks / Presentations: 

Akar, D. (2012) Moral stance markers and identity in the stories of victims of domestic abuse. Presented at 7th International Language and Gender Association Conference, Sao Leopoldo, Brazil. 

Sorma, M. and D. Akar (2012) Transgendered Body as the Signifier of ‘Ideal’ Woman . Presented at 7th International Language and Gender Association Conference, Sao Leopoldo, Brazil. 

Akar, D. (2011) Authorial Stance and Politeness in academic book reviews. Presented at 6th International Symposium on Politeness: Corpus Approaches, METU, Ankara. 

Akar, D. (2011) Moral stance as a means of creating causality and identity in life stories. Presented at 12th International Pragmatics conference, Manchester, UK. 

Kaya, N and D. Akar (2010) Ambivalent belongings: constructing identities in immigrant discourse. Presented at Personal Identity Through a Language Lens Conference, Lodz, Poland. 

İkizoğlu, D. and D. Akar (2010) Direct reported speech: Positioning and relational identity work. Presented at Personal Identity Through a Language Lens Conference, Lodz, Poland. 

Akar, D. (2009) “…And then the rape happened”: Distancing and agency in the narratives of domestic violence. Presented at 11th International Pragmatics conference, Melbourne, Australia. 

Akar, D. (2009) Victims or survivors?:The identity construction in the narratives from a women’s’ shelter . Presented at 37th NAES conforence, San Diego, USA. 

Koçbaş, D. and D. Akar (2007) Development of global structure in expository texts: Interaction of genre, coherence and literacy. Presented at 10th International Pragmatics Conference, Göteborg, Sweden. 

Akar, D. (2004) Not you, not me, but the company: The discourse participants in business correspondence. Presented at The 24th Annual International Conference of The Poetics and Linguistics Association. New York University. New York, NY, USA. 

Akar, D. and B. Erdem (2004) When the joke fails: Gender differences in handling failed humorous attempts. Presented at CLPG - International Conference on Language, Politeness and Gender University of Helsinki, Finland. 

Akar, D. (2001) The macro contextual factors shaping business discourse: the Turkish case. Presented at ABC European Convention, Dresden, Germany. 

Akar, D. and I. Baş (1999) Host”il”ing women: Construction of gendered identities in a radio talk show. Presented at International Symposium: Talking Gender and Sexuality, Aalborg, Denmark. 

Akar, D. (1999) Gereğinin yapılmasını rica ederim: İş yazışmalarında kullanılan istek biçimleri. Presented at XIII. Dil Bilim Kurultayı. Boğaziçi University, Istanbul. 

Akar, D. and L. Louhiala-Salminen (1999) Towards a new genre: A comparative study of business faxes. Presented at AAAL Conference, Orlando, Florida. 

Shatz, M., Martinez, I., Diesendruck, G. and D. Akar (1995) The influence of language on children’s understanding of false belief. Presented at Biennial Meeting of the Society for Child Development . Indianapolis, Indiana. 

Akar, D. (1994) The role of the language in children’s understanding of the mind. Presented at Turkish Studies Colloquium, University of Michigan. 

Akar, D. (1990) Wh-Questions in Turkish. Presented at the V. International conference on Turkish Linguistics. University of London.