Analytical Linguist


Hi! I'm Can, a Turkish-American linguist.

I was born near Ayder, from where my surname comes. I now live in Chicago, IL.

I specialize in phonetics with emphasis in speech sound analysis, research design, and data analysis. I also tinker with discourse analysis, language technologies, kinesiology, and Eurasian studies.

I can be found on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and on my blog. My e-mail address is

Bodybuilding, creative anachronism, hiking and orienteering, snowmobiling, traveling when I can, and online gaming keep me busy and happy when I'm not working.


M.A. in Eurasian Studies

Indiana University

2013 - 2015

Linguistics track. Completed coursework requirements and currently writing thesis. GPA: 3.6/4.0

Thesis title: Turkish L1 on the Acquisition of Vowel Space Area of L2 English

Bloomington, IN, USA

B.A. in Linguistics

Hacettepe University

2009 - 2013

Graduated with honors. GPA: 3.3/4.0

Ankara, Turkey


Exchange student, Linguistics and Philology

Uppsala University

2010 - 2011

Erasmus Lifelong Learning Programme exchange student with full government scholarship for two semesters as part of B.A. degree.

Uppsala, Sweden


Cankaya Lisesi

2005 - 2009

Foreign language specialization.

Ankara, Turkey

Halide Edip Adivar Middle School

2002 - 2005

Ankara, Turkey


Linguistic experiments I conducted led me to understand how analysis, repeated observation, examination, and elaboration of theories will clarify and sharpen understanding of form, meaning, and context of data. I extracted structured narratives and insights of rare speech and sound structures from scattered data by analyzing them with the taxonomy of linguistic metadata I collected and classified. I hold myself to this approach, concerning myself with focus on detail but keeping the larger frame in mind, and I am keen to work, share, and advance with others who share a similar philosophy.

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Husch Blackwell

Billing Specialist

2016 - 2017

- Provided financial analysis, reports, and client account data by utilizing accounting applications.

- Initiated and implemented all aspects of accounting and client billing for legal services.

- Maintained communication with attorneys, staff, and clients while observing confidentiality.

- Managed a fast-paced workflow by prioritizing and tracking tasks and deadlines.

Chicago, IL


Indiana University

Graduate Assistant

2013 - 2015

- Conducted and managed human subject researches at the Turkic and Central Eurasian Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition Laboratory.

- Created, designed, and implemented 6 unique linguistic experiments and specific research methodologies on Phonetics, Phonology, Morphology, and Syntax of more than 10 rare languages.

- Recruited over 200 participants, and instructed participants prior to experiments.

- Identified linguistic examinations on speech patterns by interpreting the collected speech data.

- Extracted the scattered data and formed multiple databases for further data narration, visualization and linguistic analysis.

- Developed and provided evaluations for numerous research articles with extracted results.

- Reconciled and distributed research funds with IRB (Institutional Review Board) approval.

- Co-taught 2 graduate level courses on Linguistics, and designed teaching materials.

Bloomington, IN


Fitness Formula Clubs

Fitness Specialist


- Assisted gym management, personal trainers and group instructors with client integration, customer service, and data entry.

- Maintained the weight-lifting and cardio equipment and provided brief instructions for clients.

Chicago, IL


IFAA C Fitness Trainer Certificate


- IFAA - Akademie fur die Fitness, Wellness und Gesundheitsbranche | C-Lizenz

Ankara, Turkey


Gym & Cardio Instructor


- Instructed groups and individuals of all ages and levels in the fundamentals of fitness and bodybuilding.

- Maintained weight-lifting equipment, treadmills, and other gym equipment.

- Instructed clients on effective workout methods by demonstrating proper techniques and motions.

- Studied kinesiology and anatomy in order to better identify muscle groups and to explain appropriate methods to strengthen muscles.

Ankara, Turkey


TURKSOY, International Organization of Turkic Culture

Editorial Intern


- Provided bidirectional Turkish and English translations for articles on the monthly publications.

- Established social media channels and content as a team for community building. Promoted and increased content virality and visibility on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

Ankara, Turkey

TURKSAM, Turkish Centre for International Relations & Strategic Analyst

Editorial Intern


- Translated and analyzed Turkey's policy agenda regarding Eurasia by scanning both national and international news sources and press agencies.

- Published daily bulletins and reports for public dissemination on behalf of the think tank institution.

Ankara, Turkey