Metehan Oğuz


I'm a second year PhD student at the Linguistics Graduate Program at University of Southern California, Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. I am co-advised by Prof. Elsi Kaiser and Prof. Roumyana Pancheva. My research interest is Experimental Syntax and Psycholinguistics with a focus on issues in Turkish. My theoretical interest lies on topics regarding clausal embedding like prolepsis, indexical shift, and perspective shift. In experimental domains, I am interested in interpretation of anaphoric elements and morphological decomposition.

I currently work as a teaching assistant (TA) for Human Language and Technology (LING285), taught by Dr. Mary Byram Washburn, and I am a (volunteering) research assistant (RA) at Psycholinguistics of Mono- and Multilingualism Lab (PoMMLab) at USC, working with the principal investigator Dr. Zuzanna Fuchs.

I am the chief editor of University of Southern California Working Papers in Linguistics. I am also a member of Canadian Linguistic Association (CLA) and Linguistic Society of America (LSA).

I obtained my MA degree in Linguistics from University of Calgary, in Canada. For my MA thesis, I worked on Raising Structures in Turkish under the supervision of Dr. Dennis Ryan Storoshenko. I have worked as a Teaching Assistant (TA) for various classes, and as a Research Assistant (RA) at Experimental Syntax Lab at University of Calgary, under the principal investigator Dr. Dennis Ryan Storoshenko.

I got my BA degree on Foreign Language Education (English Language Teaching) at Middle East Technical University (METU), in Turkey, where I discovered my interest in Linguistics!

Other than linguistics, I am interested in some sports like soccer, and motorsports.

Current research topics include:

  • syntax of accusative subjects (aka. ECM) w/ Dr. Travis Major

  • representation of perspectival (mental) information in Syntax

  • processing of Turkish reflexive forms kendi vs kendi-si