Brief Bio

Yeşim Aksan was born in 1964 in Turkey and graduated from Hacettepe University in 1985 with a B.A. degree in Linguistics. She obtained an M.A. degree in Linguistics in 1988, and completed her doctoral studies in Linguistics at Hacettepe University in 1995.

Aksan started her career at Hacettepe University as a research assistant in 1985. She was appointed Assistant Associate Professor in 1995 and became the co-founder of the Program of English Linguistics at Mersin University. She was appointed Associate Professor of Linguistics in 2004 and full Professor of Linguistics at the same University in 2009. She has taught discourse analysis, corpus linguistics, cognitive linguistics, verb semantics and general linguistics at the graduate level, and introductory linguistics, Turkish linguistics, corpus linguistics, semantics, pragmatics, language typology, and cultural linguistics at the undergraduate level. She has supervised several theses and dissertations in these areas. Since 2000 she has been the vice head of the English Linguistics Program at Mersin University. She has been serving as member of the Administrative Board of the Faculty of Science and Letters and member of the Academic Board of the same faculty since 2011.

Aksan has published widely on Turkish linguistics, particularly on verb semantics, aspectual properties of Turkish, Turkish discourse, conceptual metaphor, and corpus linguistics in national and international journals, including Metaphor and Symbol, Turkic Languges, Dilbilim Araştırmaları Dergisi (Journal of Linguistic Research, a Turkish national journal indexed in MLA). She has contributed book chapters in Bridges and Walls in Metalinguistic Discourse (with D. Kantar, edited by A. Duszak & U. Okulska, Peter Lang, 2006), Current Trends in Pragmatics (with D. Kantar, edited by P. Cap & J. Nijakowska, Cambridge Scholars Press, 2007), Dynamicity in Emotion Concepts (with M. Aksan, edited by P. Wilson, Peter Lang, 2012). Metaphor in Use: Context, Culture and Communication (with M. Aksan, edited by F. MacArthur et al., John Benjamins, 2012). She is a member of the Advisory Board of Dilbilim Araştırmaları Dergisi (Journal of Linguistic Research, a Turkish national journal indexed in MLA), and is the project director of the nationally funded first large scale web- based general corpus of contemporary Turkish (Turkish National Corpus, She is the founding member and the secretary of Center for Corpus Studies ( She has (co-)organized national and international conferences in linguistics and Turkish language teaching and co-convened panels at these conferences.


Languages: Turkish (native); English (very good); French (intermediate); German (intermediate)

Curriculum Vitae


Name: Yeşim 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) 4652
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
Member of Advisory Board


Research Activities

1. Publications

Journal Articles
Chapter in a Book
2. Presentations
3. Editor of proceedings
5. Work in progress