Brief Bio

Mustafa Aksan was born in 1962 in Turkey and  graduated from Hacettepe University in 1985 with a B.A. degree in Linguistics. He obtained an M.A. degree in Linguistics in 1988, and completed her doctoral studies in Linguistics at Hacettepe University in 1995.

Aksan started his career at Hacettepe University as a research assistant in 1986. He was appointed Assistant Associate Professor in 1995 and became the co-founder of the Program of English Linguistics at Mersin University. He was appointed Associate Professor of Linguistics in 2002 and full Professor of Linguistics at the same University in 2007. Aksan has been appointed to different administrative positions at university and currently is the vice-president. He has taught formal syntax, morphology, phonology, historical linguistics, cognitive linguistics, verb semantics and general linguistics at the graduate level, and Turkish linguistics, corpus linguistics, semantics, language typology, and history of linguistics at the undergraduate level. He has supervised several theses and dissertations in these fields of linguistics and educational studies.

Aksan has published widely on Turkish linguistics, particularly lexical semantics, morphology, and metaphor structures in Turkish in national and international journals, including Dilbilim Araştırmaları Dergisi (Journal of Linguistic Research, a Turkish national journal indexed in MLA), Dil ve Edebiyat Dergisi, (Mersin University),  and Dil Dergisi (TÖMER, Ankara University). He has contributed book chapters in Dynamicity in Emotion Concepts (with Y. Aksan, edited by P. Wilson, Peter Lang, 2012). Metaphor in Use: Context, Culture and Communication (with Y. Aksan, edited by F. MacArthur et al., John Benjamins, 2012), and in a number Nooj Proceedings in recent years. He is currently a member of the Editorial Board of Dilbilim Araştırmaları Dergisi (Journal of Linguistic Research, a Turkish national journal indexed in MLA), and is the researcher of the nationally funded first large scale web-based general corpus of  contemporary Turkish (Turkish National Corpus, He is the founding member and the vice president of Center for Corpus Studies ( He has (co-) organized national and international conferences in linguistics and Turkish language teaching and co-convened panels at these conferences.

Languages: Turkish (native);  English (excellent); French (intermediate); German (beginner)


Curriculum Vitae


Name                                     Mustafa Aksan
Title and Affiliation Professor Dr. – Mersin University
Office Department of English Language and Literature
Faculty of Science and Letters
Mersin University, Çiftlikköy
33343 Mersin-Turkey
Telephone +90 324 36100 01/ (extension) 4655
Fax +90 324 361 00 46




1995 Ph.D. in Linguistics, Hacettepe University
1988 MA in Linguistics, Hacettepe University
1985 BA in Linguistics, Hacettepe University


Academic Positions
Administrative experience
Research Interests
Research Projects
Grants and Fellowships
Dissertation Supervision
Courses Taught
Invited Talks
Journal editor
Member of Advisory Board

Research Activities

1. Publications

Chapter in a Book
2. Presentations
3. Editor of proceedings
4. Work in progress