Mahire Yakup

School of Sciences and Humanities, Languages, Linguistics and Literatures
Assistant Professor
Dr. Mahire Yakup (aka, Yakefu Mayila) is an Assistant Professor of  Languages, Linguistics and Literature at the School of Humanities and Social Science (SHSS). She received her Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Kansas in 2013. She obtained her B.S and M.S in Psychology from Peking University (Beijing University). 
Her broad research focuses on language processing and comprehension. (i) Processing prosodic information in native and non-native speakers. Her dissertation focuses on the acoustic analysis of lexical stress in Uyghur by native and non-native speakers. She would like to extend her research to include Turkic languages. (ii) The processing of morphologically complex words which focuses on bilingual and monolingual speakers. She tries to understand how linguistic information is represented in the mental lexicon.  She uses psycholinguistic research methods with embedded behavioral studies. (iii) Turkic languages in which she would like to focus on phonology and morphology of related Turkic languages.