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

Journals articles and book chapters

Öpengin, Ergin. forthcoming. Accounting for clitic and affix combinations in Central Kurdish. In Gündogdu, Songul, Ergin Öpengin, Geoffrey Haig & Erik Anonby (eds.) Current Issues in Kurdish Linguistics (Series: Bamberg Studies in Kurdish Linguistics). Bamberg: University of Bamberg Press. (Publication due 2019)

Öpengin, Ergin. forthcoming. Arabic influence on Kurdish: patterns of phonological and morphological accommodation. In Christopher Lucas and Stefano Manfredi (eds.) Arabic and Contact-induced Change: A Handbook. (Series: Studies in Diversity Linguistics) Language Science Press. (Publication due 2019)

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.

Çelik, 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)

Öpengin, Ergin and Geoffrey Haig. 2014. Regional variation in Kurmanji: A preliminary classification of dialects. Kurdish Studies 3, 123–142.

Haig, 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, 61–82.


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.

Öpengin, Ergin. 2011. Rewşa kurdî a sosyolenguîstîk li Tirkiyeyê [Sociolinguistic situation of Kurdish in Turkey] Istanbul: Avesta. (in Kurdish)

Edited books and journal issues

Gündoğdu, Songül, Ergin Öpengin, Geoffrey Haig & Erik Anonby (eds). forthcoming. 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 description

Language typology


Linguistic landscapes

Language planning and policy

Corpus linguistics

Academic Grammar

Morphology & Syntax

Contemporary Topics in Applied Linguistics


Language Typology

Language Planning

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].

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