Darragh Winkelman

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Cohort Year: 2020
Research Interests: (Ottoman) Turkish, Language Contact, Poetics, Phonology, Morphology, Islamicate Literatures, Persian, Arabic

I'm a 4th year PhD student jointly in Linguistics and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations (NELC). My research focuses on the grammatical and rhythmic structure of Ottoman Turkish, particularly around the 16th century. I investigate these phenomena in terms of language contact. I am primarily interested in the distribution of grammatical borrowings from Persian and Arabic, as well as how rhythmic structures such as meter and rhyme originating in Persian and Arabic literatures were adapted to Ottoman Turkish prose and poetry. My research is supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. I earned an Honours B.A. from the University of Toronto in 2020 with a major in Linguistics and minors in Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations and Russian Language.