Department of Linguistics

Linguistics is a science examining and describing the natural languages (Turkish, English, Chinese, etc.) as living, evolving, changing, even dying systems, and their functioning from various aspects. Arising of the natural languages, their origins, historical developments, structures, functioning, relationships and interactions with each other in the past and present, their changes over time, their differences and similarities, their way of usage in the written and verbal communication, problems related to their learning and teaching, and everything concerning language are among the research fields of linguistics. Our department being configurated yet, will be primarily concentrated in Applied Linguistics,   Turkic Linguistics and in the linguistic contacts and interactions of Turkic with the so-called Altaic languages (Mongolic, Manchu-Tungusic, Koreanic, Japonic) as well as Finno-Ugric languages and other languages. 

With the methods of the General, Applied and Comparative-historical Linguistics the historical development, changing, relations and interactions of the Turkic languages with foreign and cognate languages will be examined in depth in all respects. Off course, our department will also focus on theoretical and practical works related to learning and teaching of Turkish as first and second language. As the students in BA, MA and PhD programs can be focused on a spesific language and specialised in it, they can also participated in the program of Applied Linguistics or Comparative-Historical Linguistics, which give them a sure foundation to carry out synchronic and dychronic researches on languages. Depending on the programs offered in our department and the specialization, the students should attend various historical and modern language courses (e.g. Arabic, Persian, Hungarian, Finnish, Classical Mongolian, Manchu, Modern and Classical Chinese, etc. and two modern Turkic languages at least). Some of them are obligatory and others are facultative.