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Jaklin Kornfilt is a theoretical linguist, working at Syracuse University.

Jaklin Kornfilt
Alma materHeidelberg University
Harvard University
Known forTheoretical linguistics
Scientific career
FieldsSyntax and morphology of Turkish and the Turkic languages
InstitutionsSyracuse University
InfluencedNoam Chomsky



Kornfilt graduated from Heidelberg University with a bachelor's degree in applied linguistics and translation studies in 1970. She obtained a master of arts degree in theoretical linguistics from Harvard University in 1980. She earned a PhD again in theoretical linguistics from the same university in 1985.[1] Her PhD thesis was "Case Marking, Agreement, and Empty Categories in Turkish".[2]


After graduation, Kornfilt began to work as an instructor at Syracuse University in 1983. She became professor of linguistics in 2003.[1]


Kornfilt's major study areas include syntactic theory, theoretically informed linguistic typology, and the syntax—morphology interface, with special emphasis on the syntax and morphology of Turkish and of the Turkic languages. She also studies German and the Germanic languages.[1] She published a book entitled Turkish Grammar in 1997.[1][3]

She also organized and led a linguistics working group of The Central New York Humanities Corridor, an interdisciplinary partnership with Syracuse University, Cornell, and the University of Rochester from 2005 to 2010.[4]


Kornfilt was awarded the Humboldt Research Award by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Bamberg in 2010.[5][6]


  1. ^ a b c d "Jaklin Kornfilt". Syracuse University. Retrieved 28 August 2012.
  2. ^ Cem Bozşahin. "On the Turkish Controllee". CiteSeerX
  3. ^ Turkish Grammar
  4. ^ Enslin, Rob (13 February 2012). "SU's Jaklin Kornfilt co-edits prestigious linguistics journal". Syracuse University. Retrieved 28 August 2012.
  5. ^ Enslin, Rob (27 October 2011). "What's in a word?". Syracuse University. Retrieved 28 August 2012.
  6. ^ Enslin, Rob (5 May 2010). "SU linguist lands coveted Humboldt Research Award". Inside SU. Retrieved 20 August 2012.