Hi! I'm Can, a Turkish-American linguist born in Rize, lived in Ankara and Uppsala, now living in Chicago, IL.

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

I specialized in Phonetics with emphasis in speech sound analysis, linguistic data analysis, and experiment & research design in my academic career. I also tinker with discourse analysis, kinesiology, and Eurasian studies.

Bodybuilding, wrestling, creative anachronism, hiking and orienteering, snowmobiling, metal music and online gaming keep me stimulated when I'm not working.


M.A. in Eurasian Studies

Indiana University

2013 - 2015

Linguistics track.GPA: 3.6/4.0

Thesis title: Towards Accounting for L2 Accent - The Case of Turkish Vowel Space

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


Social Sciences

Energy BBDO

Copy Editor & Proofreader

2018 - ongoing

Check for grammar, spelling, logo usage, color and corporate guidelines, and consistent elements (trademarks, copyright, registration) on all agency printed materials.

Check key lines against work order for size, legal information, versions, copy, and all elements.

Chicago, IL


Sworn Translator and Interpreter

2017 - ongoing

Provide Turkish translation and interpretation services for clients for official documents, such as power of attorney documents, and federal appointments, such as USCIS immigration appointments.

Chicago, IL


Husch Blackwell

Billing Specialist

2016 - 2017

Provided financial analysis, reports and client account data utilizing Elite Enterprise queries.

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

Functioned as the primary point of contact for steady communication and workflow between 120+ personally assigned attorneys, their clients, and the firm management to ensure a positive customer-centric service.

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

Chicago, IL


Indiana University

Graduate Assistant

2013 - 2015

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

Created, designed and implemented six unique linguistic experiments and specific research methodologies on the phonetics, phonology, morphology and syntax of more than 10 rare languages.

Designed a website ( for recruiting; recruited over 200 participants. Instructed participants prior to experiments.

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

Extracted data, transcribed and annotated recordings using IPA and SAMBA, and formed databases for further data narration, data visualization and linguistic data analysis to be used for numerous research articles.

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 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