Meltem KELEPİR

Associate Professor
Office: 
JF 304
E-mail: 
meltem.kelepir at boun.edu.tr
Phone: 
4905
Education: 

2001

Ph.D. in Linguistics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

1996

M.A. in Linguistics, Boğaziçi University.

1993

B.A. in Foreign Language Education, Boğaziçi University.

 

Research Interests: 

Morphology/syntax-semantics interface; syntax, semantics and morphology of Turkish and Turkish Sign Language (TİD); comparative morpho-syntax of Turkic languages

Research Projects: 

Publications

Books and edited volumes: 

Quer, J., Cecchetto, C, Donati, C., Geraci, C., Kelepir, M. Pfau, R. & Steinbach, M. (Eds.) (2017). SignGram Blueprint: A guide to sign language grammar writing. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.

Güven, M., Akar, D., Öztürk, B. & Kelepir, M. (Eds.) (2016). Exploring the Turkish linguistic landscape: Essays in honor of Prof. Eser Erguvanlı Taylan. Studies in Language Companion Series. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

Arslan-Kechriotis, C., Akar, D., Kelepir, M. & Öztürk, B. (Eds.) (2014) Dilbilim Araştırmaları Dergisi 2014 (2)/ Journal of Linguistic Research 2014 (2): Prof. A. Sumru Özsoy – A True Trailblazer.

Kelepir, M. & B. Öztürk (Eds.) (2007). Proceedings of Workshop in Altaic Formal Linguistics II, Boğaziçi University, Istanbul, October 2004. MIT Working Papers in Linguistics, Cambridge: MIT.

Kelepir, M. (2001). Topics in Turkish Syntax: Clausal Structure and Scope. Ph.D. dissertation, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Distributed by MIT Working Papers in Linguistics, Cambridge, MA.

Kelepir, M. (1996). The Implications of Turkish for the Theory of Antisymmetry of Syntax. Unpublished MA Thesis, Boğaziçi Üniversitesi. 

Özsoy, S. & Kelepir, M. (1996). Türkçe Dinleyelim (Let’s Listen to Turkish). İstanbul: Boğaziçi Üniversitesi Yayınları.

 

 

 

Articles and book chapters: 

Eryiğit, G., Eryiğit C., Karabüklü, S., Kelepir, M., Özkul, A., Pamay, T., Torunoglu-Selamet, D. and H. Köse (2019) Building the First Comprehensive Machine-Readable Turkish Sign Language Resource: Methods, Challenges and Solutions. Language Resources and Evluation. Berlin: Springer

Kelepir, M., Özkul, A., & Tamyürek Özparlak, E. (2018) Agent-backgrounding in Turkish Sign Language (TİD). Sign Language and Linguistics 21.2. Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing. 258-284. DOI: doi.org/10.1075/sll.00020.kel [indexed in: MLA and others]

Özsoy, S., Kelepir, M., Nuhbalaoğlu, D. & Hakgüder, E. (2018) Properties of Command Constructions in TİD. Journal of Linguistics Research 29.1. Istanbul: Boğaziçi Üniversitesi Yayınevi. 161-178. [indexed in: MLA and others]

Cecchetto, C. & Kelepir, M. (2017). Interrogatives. In: J. Quer, C. Cecchetto, C. Donati, C. Geraci, M. Kelepir, R. Pfau & M. Steinbach (Eds.), SignGram Blueprint: A guide to sign language grammar writing. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.

Branchini, C. & Kelepir, M. (2017). Coordination of clauses. In: J. Quer, C. Cecchetto, C. Donati, C. Geraci, M. Kelepir, R. Pfau & M. Steinbach (Eds.), SignGram Blueprint: A guide to sign language grammar writing. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.

Branchini, C. & Kelepir, M. (2017). Subordination. In: J. Quer, C. Cecchetto, C. Donati, C. Geraci, M. Kelepir, R. Pfau & M. Steinbach (Eds.), SignGram Blueprint: A guide to sign language grammar writing. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.

Branchini, C. & Kelepir, M. (2017). Relative clauses. In: J. Quer, C. Cecchetto, C. Donati, C. Geraci, M. Kelepir, R. Pfau & M. Steinbach (Eds.), SignGram Blueprint: A guide to sign language grammar writing. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.

Kelepir, M. (2017). Adverbial clauses. In: J. Quer, C. Cecchetto, C. Donati, C. Geraci, M. Kelepir, R. Pfau & M. Steinbach (Eds.), SignGram Blueprint: A guide to sign language grammar writing. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.

Özsoy, A. S. & Kelepir, M. (2017). Adjectives. In: J. Quer, C. Cecchetto, C. Donati, C. Geraci, M. Kelepir, R. Pfau & M. Steinbach (Eds.), SignGram Blueprint: A guide to sign language grammar writing. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.

 

Cecchetto, C., Steinbach, M. & Kelepir, M. (2017). The meaning of embedded clauses. In: J. Quer, C. Cecchetto, C. Donati, C. Geraci, M. Kelepir, R. Pfau & M. Steinbach (Eds.), SignGram Blueprint: A guide to sign language grammar writing. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.

Eryiğit, C., Köse, H., Kelepir, M. & G. Eryiğit (2016) Building Machine-Readable Knowledge Representations for Turkish Sign Language Generation. Knowledge-Based Systems. Elsevier. Volume 108, 15 September 2016, Pages 179–194 DOI 10.1016/j.knosys.2016.04.014

Göksel, A. & Kelepir, M. (2016). Observations on clausal complementation in Turkish Sign Language. In: A. Herrmann, R. Pfau & M. Steinbach (Eds.), A Matter of Complexity: Subordination in Sign Languages. Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton. (pp. 65-94)

Kelepir, M. & Göksel, A. (2016). TİD'de dolaylı anlatım üzerine gözlemler. In E. Arık (Ed.) Ellerle Konuşmak: Türk İşaret Dili Araştırmaları. (pp. 337-360)

Göksel, A., Hakgüder, E. & Kelepir, M. (2016). İşaret dillerinde karmaşık tümceleri belirlemek: Türk İşaret Dili (TİD) üzerine bir yöntem ve betimleme çalışması. In: B. Savaş, D. Yüksel, D. Fidan, B. Öztürk & B. İ. Karagül (yay. haz.), 29. Ulusal Dİlbilim Kurultayı Bildirileri, 21-22 Mayıs 2015, Kocaeli Üniversitesi. (pp. 163-170)

Eryiğit, C., Karabüklü, S., Özkul, A., Torunoğlu-Selamet, D., Köse, H., Eryiğit, G., Kelepir, M. & Özsoy, A. S. (2016). Türk İşaret Dili sözlüklerinin çevrimiçi ortamda birleştirilmesi çalışmalarıIn: B. Savaş, D. Yüksel, D. Fidan, B. Öztürk & B. İ. Karagül (yay. haz.), 29. Ulusal Dİlbilim Kurultayı Bildirileri, 21-22 Mayıs 2015, Kocaeli Üniversitesi. (pp. 155-162)

Strickland, B., Geraci, C., Chemla, E. Schlenker, P., Kelepir, M. & Pfau, R. (2015). Event representations constrain the structure of language: Sign language as a window into universally accessible linguistic biases. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. DOI:10.1073/pnas.1423080112.

Özsoy, A. S., Kelepir, M., Nuhbalaoğlu, D. & Hakgüder E. (2013). Commands in Turkish Sign Language. Proceedings of Sign Language Workshop by Japanese Linguistics Society, 23 November 2013, Kobe.

Kelepir, M. & Göksel, A. (2013). Aspects of reported utterances in Turkish Sign Language. In: E. Arik (yay.haz.), Current directions in Turkish Sign Language research. Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. (pp. 191-211)

Özsoy, A. S., Arık, E., Göksel, A., Kelepir, M. & Nuhbalaoğlu, D. (2013). Documenting Turkish Sign Language. In: E. Arik (yay.haz.), Current directions in Turkish Sign Language research. Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. (pp. 55-70)

Göksel, A. & Kelepir, M. (2013). The phonological and semantic bifurcation of the functions of an articulator: HEAD in questions in Turkish Sign Language. Sign Language and Linguistics, 16 (1): 1-30. John Benjamins Publishing Company.

Özsoy, S., Arık, E., Göksel, A. & Kelepir, M. (2012). When established methods hit the sign: Methodological issues in documenting sign languages. Proceedings Book of International Symposium on Language and Communication: Research Trends and Challenges, June 2012. Erzurum: Mega Press. (pp. 385-393)

Göksel, A., Kelepir, M. & Üntak-Tarhan, A. (2010). Decomposing the non-manual tier: Cross-modality generalisations. In: I. Kwon, H. Pritchett & J. Spence (Eds.), Proceedings of BLS-35, Special Session on Non-Speech Modalities, 14-16 Feb, 2009. (pp. 1-11)

Göksel, A., Kelepir, M. & Üntak-Tarhan, A. (2009). Decomposition of question intonation: the structure of response seeking utterances.In: J. Grijzenhout & B. Kabak (Eds.), Phonological Domains: Universals and Deviations, Interface Explorations 16. New York: Mouton de Gruyter. (pp. 250-282)

Göksel, A., Kelepir, M. & Üntak-Tarhan, A. (2008). The morpho-syntactic implications of intonation as a clause-typer. MIT Working Papers in Linguistics #56: Proceedings of the 4th Workshop on Altaic Formal Linguistics, Harvard University, 18-20 May 2007.  Cambridge, Massachusetts. (pp. 39-50)

Göksel, A., Kelepir, M. & Üntak-Tarhan, A. (2008). Türkçe soru cümlelerinde ezgi. In: Y. Aksan & M. Aksan (yay.haz.), XXI. Ulusal Dilbilim Kurultayı Bildirileri, 10-11 Mayıs 2007. Mersin: Mersin Üniversitesi Yayınları. (pp. 309-316)

Kelepir, M. (2007). Copular forms in Turkish, Turkmen and Noghay. MIT Working Papers in Linguistics #54: Proceedings of the 2nd Workshop on Altaic Formal Linguistics, 11-13 Oct 2004, Boğaziçi Universitesi. Cambridge, Massachusetts: MIT Working Papers in Linguistics. (pp. 83-100)

Arısoy, E., Arslan, L. M., Nakipoğlu Demiralp, M. N., Ekenel, H. K., Kelepir, M., Meral, H. M., Özsoy, A. S., Şayli, Ö., Türk, O. & Yolcu-Kamali, B. (2006). Turkish Vowels. In: Yağcıoğlu, S. (yay.haz.) Advances in Turkish Linguistics: Proceedings of 12th International Conference on Turkish Linguistics, 11-13 Aug 2004. Dokuz Eylül Üniversitesi Yayınları. (pp. 691-702)

Osam, N. & Kelepir, M. (2006). Bibliography of studies on Turkish Cypriot dialect. International Journal of Sociolinguistic Studies 181. (pp. 107-117)

Kelepir, M. (2004). Intervention effects in the interpretation of Turkish and Japanese indefinites. In: A. Csirmaz, Y. Lee & M. A. Walter (Eds.), MIT Working Papers in Linguistics #46: Proceedings of the 1st Workshop on Altaic Formal Linguistics, 16-18 May 2003, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Cambridge, Massachusetts: MIT Working Papers in Linguistics(pp. 49-63)

Kelepir, M. (2004). Turkish indefinites and negative polarity items. In: K. İmer & G. Doğan (yay.haz.), Current Research in Turkish Linguistics: Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Turkish Linguistics, 7-9 Ağustos 2002, Eastern Mediterranean Uni., T.R.N.C. Doğu Akdeniz Üniversitesi Yayınları. (pp. 27-36)

Kelepir, M. (2003). What Turkish NPIs teach us. In: A. S. Özsoy, D. Akar, M. Nakipoğlu-Demiralp, E.E. Erguvanlı-Taylan & A. Aksu-Koç (yay.haz.), Studies in Turkish Linguistics: Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Turkish Linguistics, 16-18 Ağustos 2000, Boğaziçi University, Istanbul, Turkey. Istanbul: Boğaziçi University Press. (pp. 111-120)

Kelepir, M. (2003). Olmak, değil, var ve yok. XVI. Ulusal Dilbilim Kurultayı Bildirileri, 23-24 Mayıs 2002, Hacettepe Üniversitesi, Ankara. (pp. 70-81)

Embick, D., Hackl, M., Schaeffer, J., Kelepir, M. & Marantz, A. (2001). A magnetoencephalographic component whose latency reflects lexical frequency. Cognitive Brain Research 10. Amsterdam: Elsevier Science Publishers. (pp. 345-348)

Kelepir, M. (2001). To be or not to be faithful. In: A. Göksel & C. Kerslake (Eds.), Studies on Turkish and Turkic Languages: Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Turkish Linguistics, 12-14 August 1998, Oxford. Wiesbaden: Harrasowitz Verlag. (pp. 11-18)

Kelepir, M. (2001). Review of Kıbrıs Ağzında Soru Tümcelerinde Ezgi (by Nazmiye Çelebi. M.A. thesis, Eastern Mediterranean Un., T.R.N.C. 2002) Journal of Cyprus Studies / Kıbrıs Araştırmaları Dergisi 7.1-2: 135-143.

Osam, N. & Kelepir, M. (2001). The Studies Carried Out on the Turkish Cypriot Dialect. Journal of Cyprus Studies / Kıbrıs Araştırmaları Dergisi 7.1-2: 144-154.

Kelepir, M. (2000). Scope of negation: evidence from Turkish NPIs and quantifiers. In: M. Saito, Y. Abe, H. Aoyagi, M. Harimoto, K. Murasugi & T. Suzuki (Eds.), Proceedings of GLOW Asia II, Eylül1999, Nanzan University, Nagoya, Japan. (pp. 213-230)

Kelepir, M. (1999). Turkish emphatic reduplication and antifaithfulness. In: T. Cambier-Langeveld, A. Liptak, M. Redford & E. J. van der Torre (Eds.), Proceedings of ConSOLE 7, Dec 1998, University of Bergen, Norway. Leiden: SOLE. (pp. 153-168)

 

 

Talks / Presentations: 

Kelepir, M. (2018) "Embracing the other": clusivity distinctions in indefinite arguments in TİD. Keynote talk at Formal and Experimental Approaches to Sign Language Theory (FEAST), June 18-20 2018, University of Venice.

Kelepir, M. (2018) "Embracing the other": clusivity distinctions in indefinite arguments in TİD. Talk given at LingDay, June 7th, 2018, Boğaziçi University.

Kelepir, M., Özkul, A. & E. T. Özparlak (2017) Expressing clusivity distinctions in non-specific indefinites in Turkish Sign Language (TİD). Talk given at 53rd Chicago Linguistics Society Meeting, May 25-27, Chicago University.

Kelepir, M. (2017) Syntactic Approaches to Interrogatives in Sign Languages. Course taught at Crete Linguistics Summer School, July 10-14 2017, Crete University.

Camgöz, N. C., Kındıroğlu, A. A., Karabüklü, S., Kelepir, M., Özsoy, A. S., and L. Akarun. (2016). BosphorusSign: A Turkish Sign Language Recognition Corpus in Health and Finance Domains. In The Proceedings of the 10th Edition of the Language Resources and Evaluation Conference (LREC), 23-28 May 2016, Portorož (Slovenia).

Karabüklü, S., Derici, C., Kelepir, M., Özsoy, A. S. & Güngör, T. (2015). Türk İşaret Dili (TİD) Kullanıcılarının Türkçe Okma Yazma Becerilerinin Geliştirilmesi için Malzeme [A material to develop TİD signers' Turkish reading and writing skills]. 2015 Internation Congress on Barrier-Free Information Technology (BİLTEVT 2015). Celal Bayar Üniversitesi, Manisa, 2-4 September 2015.

Kelepir, M. & Özkul, A. (2015). Passive-like constructions with inanimate themes in Turkish Sign Language. Invited talk, UPF, Barselona, 15 June 2015.

Kelepir, M. & Özkul, A. (2015). Impersonal constructions in Turkish Sign Language. Invited talk, UPF, Barselona, 16 June 2015.

Geraci, C., Strickland, B., Pfau, R., Kelepir, M. & Schlenker, P. (2015). Sell or negotiate? Extracting telicity from sign language. Paper presented at Formal and Experimental Approaches to Sign Language Theory (FEAST). UPF, Barselona 4-5 May 2015.

Özkul, A. & Kelepir, M. (2015). Passive-like constructions with inanimate themes in Turkish Sign Language, poster and short paper presented at Formal and Experimental Approaches to Sign Language Theory (FEAST). UPF, Barselona 4-5 May 2015.

Kelepir, M. (2014). Do nonmanuals mark syntactic complexity? Paper presented at Sign Nonmanuals: Functions of nonmanuals in sign languages. Centre for Sign Language and Deaf Communication, Alpen-Adria-University, Klagenfurt, Austria, 11-12 April 2014.

Özsoy, A. S., Kelepir, M., Nuhbalaoğlu, D. & Hakgüder, E. (2014). Commands in Türk İşaret Dili (TİD). Paper presented at LingDay. Boğaziçi University, 23 May 2014.

Özsoy, A. S., Göksel A. & Kelepir M. (2014). Towards writing sign language grammars: methods, questions and analyses. Colloquim talk at the Department of Western Languages and Literatures. Boğaziçi University, Istanbul, 17 April 2013.

Kelepir, M. & Nuhbalaoğlu, D. (2013). COST Action IS1006 SignGram and the BÜ TİDBİL Project (TUBİTAK 111K314). Talk given at İşitme Engellilik ve Sessiz Dil. Boğaziçi University, 18 Dec 2013.

Özsoy, A. S., Kelepir, M., Nuhbalaoğlu, D. & Hakgüder, E. (2013). Commands in Turkish Sign Language. Proceedings of Sign Language Workshop by Japanese Linguistics Society. Kobe, 23 November 2013.

Özsoy, A. S., Kelepir, M., Nuhbalaoğlu, D. & Hakgüder, E. (2013). Imperatives in Turkish Sign Language. Talk given at COST Action IS1006 SignGram Imperatives Workshop. Boğaziçi University, 31 May 2013.

Kelepir, M. (2012). Do Turkic languages really have nominalizers in embedded clauses? Paper presented in the 16th International Conference on Turkish Linguistics. METU, Ankara, 18-20 September 2012.

Özsoy, A. S, Göksel A., Kelepir M. & Nuhbalaoğlu, D. (2012). NP Structure and Linearization in Turkish Sign Language [Türk İşaret Dilinde Ad Öbeği Yapısı ve İşaret Dizimi]. VIIth International Turkish Language Conference. Türk Dil Kurumu, Ankara, 24-28 September 2012. 

Özsoy, S., Arık, E., Göksel, A. & Kelepir, M. (2012). When established methods hit the sign: Methodological issues in documenting sign languages. International Symposium on Language and Communication: Research Trends and Challenges. İzmir, June 2012.

Göksel, A. & Kelepir, M. (2011). Issues in complexity: Sentential Complementation in Turkish Sign Language. Complex Sentences and Beyond in Sign and Spoken Languages. University of Göttingen, 13-14 October 2011.

Göksel, A. & Kelepir, M. (2011). The syntax of nested spreading domains. Venice Feast: Formal Approaches to Sign Languages. University of Venice, 20-22 June 2011.

Kelepir, M. (2011). Morphemes and functional categories in Turkic complement clauses. Paper presented at Lingday. Boğaziçi University, 31 May 2011.

Göksel, A., Kelepir, M. & Üntak-Tarhan, A. (2009). Interrogatives in Turkish Sign Language: the specific functions of head tilt, head shake and head nod. Paper presented at Nonmanuals in Sign Languages. Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main, 4-5 April 2009.

Göksel, A., Kelepir, M. & Üntak-Tarhan, A. (2009). Decomposing the non-manual tier: cross-modality generalisations. Paper presented at Berkeley Linguistics Society Meeting. University of California, Berkeley, 14-16 February 2009.

Göksel, A., Kelepir, M. & Üntak-Tarhan, A. (2007). Morpho-syntactic features and the role of intonation in grammar: Turkish wh-questions. Paper presented at the Workshop on Phonological Domains: Universals and Deviations. University of Siegen, Germany, 28 February-2 March 2007.

Göksel, A., Kelepir, M. & Üntak-Tarhan, A. (2007). Türkçe soru cümlelerinde ezgi [Question intonation in Turkish]. Paper presented at XXI. Ulusal Dilbilim Kurultayı. Mersin University, 10-11 May 2007.

Göksel, A., Kelepir, M. & Üntak-Tarhan, A. (2007). The morpho-syntactic implications of intonation as a clause-typer. Presented at the 4th Workshop on Altaic Formal Linguistics. Harvard University, 18-20 May 2007. 

Kelepir, M. (2005). Nominalized complement clauses in Turkish, Noghay and Turkmen. Invited talk at the Department of Linguistics, School of African and Oriental Studies, University of London.

Kelepir, M. (2004). Copular forms in Turkic Languages. Presented at the 2nd Workshop on Altaic Formal Linguistics. Boğaziçi University, 11-13 October.

Çelebi, N. & Kelepir, M. (2004). Intonation of Yes-No Questions in Cypriot Turkish. Poster presented at the Tone and Intonation in Europe. Santorini, Greece, 9-11 September 2004.

Arısoy, E., Arslan, L. M., Nakipoğlu-Demiralp, M., Ekenel, H. K., Kelepir, M., Meral, H. M., Özsoy, A. S., Şayli, Ö., Türk, O. & Yolcu-Kamali, B. (2004). Turkish Vowels. Poster presentation at the 12th Inter- national Conference on Turkish Linguistics (ICTL 2004). Dokuz Eylül University, İzmir, 11-13 August 2004.

Kelepir, M. (2003). Intervention effects in the interpretation of Turkish and Japanese indefinites. Paper presented at the Workshop on Altaic Formal Linguistics. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 16-18 May 2003.

Kelepir, M. (2002). Turkish indefinites and negative polarity items. Paper presented at the 11th International Conference on Turkish Linguistics. Eastern Mediterranean Un., T.R.N.C., 7-9 August 2002.

Kelepir, M. (2002). Olmak, var, yok ve değil. Paper presented at the XVI. Dilbilim Kurultayı (National Linguistics Conference). Hacettepe Üniversitesi, Ankara, 23-24 May 2002.

Kelepir, M. (2001). Existential and possessive clauses in Turkish. Paper presented at the Workshop on Altaic Languages. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 17 May 2001.

Pylkkänen, L., Stringfellow, A., Kelepir, M. & Marantz, A. (2000). The effects of phonological neighborhood density on lexical activation neuroimaged with magneto-encephalography. Poster presented at NELS 31. Georgetown University, 6-8 October 2000.

Hackl, M., Embick, D., Kelepir, M., Schaeffer, J. & Marantz, A. (2000). An MEG study of word frequency effects in lexical decision. Poster presented at Cognitive Neuroscience Society Annual Meeting. San Fransisco, CA, 9-11 April 2000.

Kelepir, M. (2000). What Turkish NPIs teach us. Paper presented at the 10th International Conference on Turkish Linguistics. Boğaziçi University, Istanbul, Turkey, 16-18 August 2000.

Kelepir, M. (1999). The scope of negation in Turkish. Paper presented at the UMass, UConn, MIT Semantics Workshop. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, October 1999.

Kelepir, M. (1999). Negation is free: evidence from Turkish. Paper presented at the Paris Syntax and Semantics Conference / Conférence de Syntaxe et Sémantique à Paris. Paris VII, 7-9 October 1999.

Kelepir, M. (1999). Scope of negation: evidence from Turkish NPIs and quantifiers. Paper presented at GLOW Asia II. Nanzan University, Nagoya, Japan.

Kelepir, M. (1999). Emphatic non-identical reduplication in Turkish. Paper presented at the 1999 Annual Meeting of the Linguistics Society of America. Los Angeles, CA.

Kelepir, M. (1998). Turkish emphatic reduplication and anti-faithfulness. Paper presented at ConSOLE 7. University of Bergen, Norway.

Kelepir, M. (1998). To be or not to be faithful. Paper presented at the 9th International Conference on Turkish Linguistics. Oxford, 12-14 August 1998.