linguist & analyst


Hello! I'm Can, a Turkish-American linguist hailing from Ankara, and currently living in Chicago.

I specialise in phonetics with emphasis in sound analysis, research design, and data analysis.

I also tinker with discourse analysis, language technologies, exercise science, and Eurasian geopolitics.

Name: Can Ayter



M.A. in Eurasian Studies

Indiana University

2013 - 2015

Linguistics track, coursework completed, in process of thesis completion, 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 honours, GPA: 3.3/4.0

Ankara, Turkey


Exchange student, Linguistics

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 specialisation.

Ankara, Turkey

Halide Edip Adivar Middle School

2002 - 2005

Ankara, Turkey


My training in social sciences has helped me understand how analysis - repeated observation, examination and explanation of data, and elaboration of theories - can clarify and sharpen understanding. I've seen this in linguistic research, phonetic and phonologic experiment design, project management and processes, and even in daily life - throughout my education and experiences in three different continents. I hold myself to this approach, concerning myself with focus on detail but also keeping the big picture in mind, and I am keen to work with others who share a similar philosophy.

Would you like to see a copy of my resume?


Husch Blackwell

Billing Specialist

2016 - ongoing

Accounting and billing for legal services. Initiating and implementing of all aspects of monthly client billing process. Maintaining communication with attorneys, staff, and clients, and observing confidentiality of client and firm matters. Utilising computerised accounting and billing software applications such as Elite Enterprise and electronic billing hub for all functions relating to processing, generating and distributing periodic proformas and invoices.

Chicago, IL


Indiana University

Graduate Assistant

2013 - 2015

Created theories and ideas at the newly formed Turkic and Central Eurasian Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition Lab as the only laboratory conductor and research analyst. Identified resources, designed and implemented linguistic experiments on acquisition of phonetic structures for more than ten rare languages. Recruited participants, conducted experiments, reconciled and distributed research funds. Interpreted speech data and extracted information from research sources by creating spreadsheets and databases for data visualisation and 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 two 3-credit courses on Linguistics and designed teaching materials.

Bloomington, IN


Fitness Formula Clubs

Fitness Specialist


Assisted gym management, personal trainers and group instructors with multidirectional client integration and data entry. Maintained the weight-lifting and cardio equipment.

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; explained proper techniques demonstrated exercises; identified different muscle groups and explained appropriate methods to strengthen specific muscles.

Ankara, Turkey


TURKSOY, International Organization of Turkic Culture

Editorial Intern


Translator and editor for TURKSOY's online articles and monthly issues. Collaborated with the editorial team and provided bidirectional Turkish and English translations. Created and managed social media channels and content as a team for community building and content engagement.

Ankara, Turkey

TURKSAM, Turkish Centre for International Relations & Strategic Analyst

Editorial Intern


Editorial assistant responsible for translation and analysis of 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