Ayhan Aksu Koç




+90 212 359 65 88

  • PhD, University of California, Berkeley, 1978 MA
  • University of California, Berkeley, 1976 BA
  • Middle East Technical University, 1971
Courses Taught: 
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Life Span Developmental Psychology I & II
  • Language Acquisition
  • Psycholinguistics
  • Advanced Developmental Psychology
  • Theories in Psychology I & II
  • Modern Points of View in Psychology
  • Language and Culture
Research Interests: 
  • Language acquisition and cognitive development (acquisition of Turkish, theory of mind)
  • Narrative abilities in children and adults
  • Literacy development
  • Social, educational, and contextual influences on language acquisition
Recent Publications: 

Aksu-Koç, A. & Nicolopoulou, A. (2015) Character Reference in Young Children's Narratives: A Crosslinguistic Comparison of English, Greek, and Turkish. Lingua 155, 62-84.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.lingua.2014.04.006 0024-3841/© 2014 Elsevier B.V.


Arslan, S., Aksu-Koç, A., Maviş, İ., & Bastiaanse, R. (2014). Finite verb inflections for evidential categories and source identification in Turkish agrammatic Broca’s aphasia. Journal of Pragmatics, 7 0 (2014) 165—181. doi.org/10.1016/j.pragma.2014.07.002 0378-2166/© 2014 Elsevier B.V.


Tribushinina, E., van den Bergh, H., Kilani-Schoch, M., Aksu-Koç, A., Dabašinskiene, I., Hrzica, G., Korecky-Kröll, K., Noccetti, S. & Dressler, W. (2013). The role of explicit contrast in adjective acquisition: A cross-linguistic longitudinal study of adjective production in spontaneous child speech and parental input. First Language, 33 (6), 594-616.


Xanthos, A., Laaha, S., Gillis, S. Stephany, U., Aksu-Koç, A., Christofidou, A., Gagarina, N., Hrzica, G. Ketrez, F. N., Kilani-Schoch, M., Korecky-Kröll , K., Kovačević, M., Laalo, K., Palmović, M., Pfeiler, B., Voeikova, M. D., & Dressler, W. U. (2011).  On the role of morphological richness in the early development of noun and verb inflection. First Language. 31(4) 461–479.


Bekman, S., Aksu-Koç, A., & Taylan, E. E.  (2011). Effectiveness of an intervention program for six year olds: A summer-school model. European Early Childhood Education Research Journal, Vol. 19 (409-431).


Aksu-Koç, A.  (2010). Normal language development in Turkish. In S. Topbaş & M. Yavaş (Eds.), Communication Disorders in Turkish in monolingual and multilingual settings (pp. 65-104). Bristol: Multilingual Matters.


Aksu-Koç, A., Balaban, H. Ö. & Alp, İ. E. (2009). Evidentials and source knowledge in Turkish. New Directions in Child and Adolescent Development, 125, 13-28.


Ketrez, F. N., & Aksu-Koç, A. (2009).  Early nominal morphology in Turkish: Emergence of case and number.  U. Stephany & M. Voeykova (Eds.) Development of Noun Inflection in First Language Acquisition: A Cross Linguistic Perspective. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.


Aksu-Koç, A. (2009). Evidentiality: An interface between linguistic and conceptual development.  J. Guo, E. Lieven, S.  Ervin-Tripp, N. Budwig & Ş. Özçalışkan (Eds.) Crosslinguistic Approaches to the Psychology of Language: Research in the Tradition of Dan Isaac Slobin. Mahwah, NJ:Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.


Bekman, S., & Aksu-Koç, A. 2009. (eds.) Perspectives on Culture, Family and Development. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.


Aksu-Koç, A. (2005).  Role of the home-context in the relations between narrative abilities and literacy practices.  D. Ravid & H. Bat-Zeev Shyldkrot (Eds.), Perspectives on language and language development, (259-278). Dordrecht: Kluwer.


Aksu-Koç, Ayhan. 1988. The acquisition of aspect and modality: The case of past reference in Turkish. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. (2006 2nd ed.)