The 16th International Conference on Turkish Linguistics September 18-21, 2012 - Ankara, TURKEY 16. Uluslararası Türk Dilbilim Kurultayı 18-21 Eylül, 2012 - Ankara, TÜRKİYE © Middle East Technical University, Department of Foreign Language Education, Ankara Turkey Middle East Technical University is founded under the name of (Middle East High Technology Institute) on November 15th, 1956 to contribute to the development of Turkey and Middle East countries and especially to train people so as to create a skilled workforce n the fields of natural and social sciences. Middle East Technical University's presence brought about new methods and introduced innovations to Turkish higher education system manifestingMETU as a pioneer of modern education nationwide. Today, the University is proud to employ about 750 faculty (professors, associates professors etc.), 400 academic instructors and 1,400 research assistants. It is a great pleasure to offer education to over 23,000 students. The total number of the alumni now is above 95,000. The campus area is 4500 hectares and the forest area is 3043 hectares, including Lake Eymir, about 20 kilometers from the centrum of Ankara. The lake is available to METU students for rowing, fishing, picnicking and general recreational activities. Please visit METU Official Website for more information. ©The background map is used by the permission of Jost Gippert  TÜRKÇE