Yasemin Yıldız was born and raised in London as an English-Turkish bilingual, and educated in the UK. Her first name ‘Yasemin’ is internationally recognised, and thus pronounced or spelt in differing ways, yet the two phonetic variants she uses interchangeably include: /jɑ.se. ˈmin/ with her Turkish accent, or /ˈjæz.mɪn/ with her British English (BE) accent. Her surname ‘Yildiz’ (without a dot in /i/ in Turkish orthography) is of Turkish origin, meaning: ‘Star’ and pronounced interchangeably as /jɯl.ˈdɯz/ with her Turkish accent or /ˈjiːl.diz/ with her BE accent. Her parents are of Turkish origin and moved and settled to London, UK, from Turkey in 1971. Her father is from the Black sea region (hometown Rize) and her mother is from the Aegean region (hometown Denizli) of Turkey. She represents the second generation of the Turkish-English bilinguals living in London.
Yasemin Yildiz received her B.A. degree in English Language, Literature and Linguistics from the University of Westminster in 1998. She then moved to the University of Essex, where she completed her postgraduate education, in the Department of Language and Linguistics. She received her M.A. degree with a ‘Distinction’ in Descriptive and Applied Linguistics in 2002, with her dissertation entitled “Language Contact and Phonological adaptation: A Sociolinguistic study of language use by three generations of English-Turkish bilinguals living in London”. She then received her Ph.D. in Linguistics in 2006, which was funded by the Economic and Social Research Council Scholarship. Her doctoral thesis was entitled as “Age Effects in the Second Language Acquisition of English Onset Clusters by Turkish Learners: An Optimality-Theoretic Approach”. She also holds a Trinity College London Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).
She an Assistant Professor in applied linguistics at the British University in Dubai, where she coordinates the TESOL programme and supervises MEd and EdD research in TESOL. Before joining BUiD, she was a member of faculty at Yeditepe University, Istanbul, between 2008-2011. She also taught briefly at the University of Essex, in the Language and Linguistics Department in 2005, and Beykent University, Istanbul, in 2007. She also has extensive experience in providing professional development for pre- and in-service English Language teachers in the UK, UAE, and Turkey.
Her research interests include first/second/third second language acquisition(attrition), phonetics, phonology, language contact, sociolinguistics, and language disorders. Currently she is particularly interested in conducting inter-/multi-disciplinary research that seeks to find ways of putting linguistic theory into practice. Her language specialization is English and Turkish Linguistics, and currently also conducting research on Modern Standard Arabic and its dialects. Her scholarly work has been published in leading international journals and books, and she has also acted as a reviewer for The Language Learning Journal and Essex Graduate Papers in Language and Linguistics.
Currently she is also an Associate Editor for Open Access Books program in Linguistics of Versita de Gruyter Publishing.
Her extracurricular interests include: swimming, jogging, doing embroidery, experimenting with her culinary skills, reading classical and contemporary novels, listening to classical music, travelling, and enjoying the simplicities of life!
Further information for academic and research background of Dr. Yildiz can be viewed from the following link Curriculum Vitae.