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Beyza Sumer

I graduated from the Department of Foreign Language Education, Boğaziçi University in İstanbul, Turkey, with High Honours in 2004. I, then, attended the MA programme in 2005, and was promoted to the PhD program on Applied Linguistics at the same university one year later. In 2010, I moved to Nijmegen and completed my PhD in 2015 at Radboud University Nijmegen, Centre for Language Studies. My dissertation, supervised by Prof. Özyürek, Dr. Perniss (University of Brighton), and Dr. Zwitserlood (Radboud University Nijmegen), investigated the acquisition of spatial language by signing and speaking children comparing Turkish and Turkish Sign Language (Türk İşaret Dili, TİD). My PhD research is the first study on the acquisition of TİD.

I have recently received a two-year research grant by The Scientific and Technical Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK) to adapt MacArthur-Bates Communicative Development Inventory (CDI) for Turkish Sign Language under the supervision of Prof. Aylin Küntay (Koç University, Istanbul, Turkey). In this project, I will develop a parental assessment tool to track the early sign language development in deaf children acquiring TİD. I will also continue to work as a post-doctoral researcher in the NWO/Vici funded project, "Giving cognition a hand: Linking spatial cognition to linguistic expression in native and late learners of sign language and bimodal bilinguals", granted to Prof. Aslı Özyürek.

Function: Affiliated Researcher
Member of: Center for Language Studies Group
Last checked 2016-06-17

Beyza Sumer

Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics
PO Box 310
6500 AH Nijmegen
The Netherlands