Ergin Öpengin joined the University of Kurdistan-Hewlêr in
September 2019. He holds a PhD in General Linguistics from the Sorbonne
Nouvelle - Paris 3 (France) and the University of Bamberg (Germany). He obtained his MA degree in Sociolinguistics from the Rouen University, France, and a BA degree
in Foreign Language Teaching from Bogaziçi University, Istanbul, Turkey. He teaches courses in linguistics
and applied linguistics while his research interests include the structure and
sociolinguistics of Kurdish, English morpho-syntax, language planning and policy, and corpus
September 2019 - Present: Lecturer, English Language Department, University of Kurdistan-Hewlêr
September 2017 - May 2019: Part-time lecturer, Department of Linguistics and Philology, Uppsala University, Sweden
September 2016 - June 2017: Part-time lecturer, Department of Linguistics, Bogaziçi University, Istanbul, Turkey
October 2014 - July 2016: Postdoctoral researcher (DFG-funded project), Department of General Linguistics, University of Bamberg, Germany
September 2013 - August 2014: Lecturer, Department of General Linguistics, University of Bamberg, Germany
Journal articles and book chapters
"The history of Kurdish and the development of literary Kurmanji." In H.
Bozarslan, C. Gunes, & V. Yadirgi (Eds.), The Cambridge
History of the Kurds (603-632). Cambridge University Press.
Anonby, Erik et al. 2020. "Turkic languages in
the Atlas of the Languages of Iran (ALI)." Turkic Languages 24 (2), pp.
Öpengin, Ergin. 2020.
"Kurdish." In Christopher Lucas and Stefano Manfredi (eds.), Arabic and Contact-induced Change: A
Handbook (pp. 459-487). Berlin: Language Science
Öpengin, Ergin. 2019. "Accounting for clitic and
affix combinations in Central Kurdish." In Gündogdu, Songul, Ergin Öpengin,
Geoffrey Haig & Erik Anonby (eds.), Current
Issues in Kurdish Linguistics (pp. 243-261) (Series: Bamberg Studies in Kurdish
Linguistics). Bamberg: University of Bamberg Press.
Songül, Ergin Öpengin, Geoffrey Haig & Erik Anonby. 2019. "Introduction." In
Gündogdu, Songul, Ergin Öpengin, Geoffrey Haig & Erik Anonby (eds.), Current Issues in Kurdish Linguistics
(pp. 1-8). Bamberg: University of Bamberg Press.
Haig, Geoffrey and Ergin
Öpengin. 2018. "Kurdish in Turkey: grammar, dialectal variation and status." In
Cristiana Bulut (ed.), Linguistic
Minorities in Turkey and Turkic-speaking Minorities of the Peripheries (156-225). Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz.
Adnan and Ergin Öpengin. 2016. "The Armenian Genocide in the Kurdish novel:
Restructuring identity through collective memory." European Journal of Turkish Studies 22. URL:
Haig, Geoffrey and Ergin
Öpengin. 2015. "Gender in Kurdish: Structural and socio-cultural dimensions." In
Marlis Hellinger and Heiko Motschenbacher (eds.) Gender across languages: The linguistic representation of women and
men, vol. IV (pp. 247–276).
Amsterdam: John Benjamins. (DOI: 10.1075/impact.36.10hai)
Ergin and Geoffrey Haig. 2014. "Regional variation in Kurmanji: A preliminary
classification of dialects." Kurdish
Studies 3, 123–142.
Geoffrey and Ergin Öpengin. 2014. "Kurdish: A critical research overview." Kurdish Studies 3, 99–122.
Öpengin, Ergin. 2012. "Adpositions and argument indexing in the
Mukri variety of Central Kurdish: Focus on ditransitive constructions." Orientalia Suecana LXI, 187–198.
Öpengin, Ergin. 2012. "Sociolinguistic situation of
Kurdish in Turkey: Sociopolitical factors and language use patterns." International
Journal of the Sociology of Language 217, 151–180.
Öpengin, Ergin. 2011. "Language practices and education
in mother tongue: Some problems concerning Kurdish mother-tongue medium
education in Turkey." Mukaddime 3,
influence of Arabic on Kurdish.’ Paper held at the 3rd International Symposium
on the Endangered Iranian Languages. October 19-20, 2018, ZAS, Berlin.
for clitic and affix combinations in Central Kurdish.’ Paper held at the Third
Int. Conf. on Kurdish Linguistics. August 24-26, 2016, University of Amsterdam.
encoding in Yaghnobi from an Iranian perspective.’ With Adam Benkato. Paper
held at the Second Int. Symposium on “Endangered Iranian Languages”. July 8-9,
2016, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3.
and argument encoding in the Mutki dialect of Zazaki.’ With Nevzat Anuk. Second
Conference on Zaza and Anatolian Alevi phenomenon. June 4-5, 2016, Slavonic
of pre-1800 texts in Kurdish: Inferences on early-modern Kurmanji.’ Paper held at
GSCL/CEDIFOR-Workshop on Corpora and Resources for Low Resource Languages. February 29, 2016, Goethe University, Frankfurt.
variation in Zazaki: Case syncretisms in Mutki dialect.’ With Nevzat Anuk.
Paper held at the Sixth Int. Conf. on Iranian Linguistics. June 23–26, 2015,
University of Tbilisi.
enclitic =īš in Central Kurdish:
accounting for its multifunctionality.’ 48th Meeting of Societas
Linguistica Europaea, September 4-6, 2015, Leiden University.
the regional variation in Kurmanji Kurdish.’ Paper held at the Second Int.
Conf. on Variation and Change in Kurdish. October 8–9, 2014, University of
changing status of Kurdish in Iraq and Turkey: a comparative assessment.’
Invited talk given at the Bayerisches Orient-Kolloquium, June 25, 2014,
University of Bamberg.
second-position in the placement of Central Kurdish clitic person markers: A
prosodic analysis.’ Paper held at Fifth Int. Conf. on Iranian Linguistics.
August 24–26, 2013, University of Bamberg.
across Kurdish: Functions, placement, alignment.’ Paper held at Int. Workshop
on Variation and Change in Kurdish. August 29–30, 2013, University of Bamberg.
in Central Kurdish: Additive particle and other means.’ Paper held at Int.
Workshop on Information Structure in Spoken Language Corpora. June 10–12, 2013,
University of Bielefeld.
‘Dialectal variation in
Kurmanji: Isoglosses in phonology and morphosyntax.’ Paper held at Second Int.
Conf. of Kurdish Studies. September 6, 2012, Exeter University.
E.O. has supervised five MA theses.
Öpengin, Ergin. 2016. The Mukri variety of Central Kurdish:
Grammar, texts and lexicon (with audio CD). (Series: Beiträge zur
Iranistik, editor: Prof. Nicholas Sims-Williams) Wiesbaden: Reichert Verlag.
Ergin. 2011. Rewşa kurdî a sosyolenguîstîk li Tirkiyeyê [Sociolinguistic
situation of Kurdish in Turkey] Istanbul: Avesta. (in
Edited books and journal issues
Matras, Yaron, Geoffrey
Haig & Ergin Öpengin. 2021. Structural and Typological Variation in the Dialects
of Kurdish. Palgrave Macmillan.
Öpengin, Ergin. 2021. Bazeber:
Nivîsarên Mela Se’îd Şemdînanî li ser çand û dîroka Kurdistana navendî [The texts of Mulla Said Shamdinani about the history and culture of Central Kurdistan].
Ward, Alan. 2021. Werîsê
Sor & Kizil Urgan. (Translated from the French and edited by by Adnan
Celik and Ergin Opengin). Istanbul: Avesta.
Gündoğdu, Songül, Ergin Öpengin, Geoffrey Haig & Erik
Anonby (eds). 2019. Current Issues
in Kurdish Linguistics. Bamberg: University of Bamberg Press.
Haig, Geoffrey and Ergin
Öpengin. 2014. Kurdish Linguistics: Focus
on Variation and Change. Special issue of Kurdish Studies 3, 99-224.
Language planning and policy
Morphology & Syntax
Contemporary Topics in Applied Linguistics
Introduction to Linguistics
Postdoctoral research project funded by German Research Council (DFG), from October 2014 to July 2016. Project title: “Edition and linguistic analysis
of pre-1800 texts in Kurmanji Kurdish” [Award Number: OE 627/1-1].