The purpose of this study is to analyze the thematic distribution of the master and Ph.D. dissertations on language development in early childhood conducted in Turkey between the years 1995 and 2015. Qualitative research methods and techniques were employed in the study. Document analysis was employed for data collection. Frequency (f) was used to analyze the data. This study includes postgraduate dissertations registered at the Thesis Documentation Center of the Council of Higher Education (YOK) accessed via the keywords “language acquisition”, “language development”, “language acquisition”, and “child and language”. 91 theses which are 75 master and 16 Ph.D. appropriate for the research purposes were accessed. The theses under scrutiny were classified by the institute and the university which are made, the year which is made, research design and data analysis which are used. The theses under scrutiny were categorized into 4 groups by researchers: (1) the relationship between language and development and various variables, (2) language acquisition, (3) developing or adapting measurement tools to evaluate language development, and (4) second language learning and teaching/bilingualism. The results indicate that most of the theses scrutiny are in the relationship between language and development and various variables categorize. More specific related work of the field researchers is advised to focus on original issues and work to correct deficiencies. It is believed that this study will contribute to the literature and be useful to offer new perspectives for future studies in that it focuses on the studies on language development in early childhood comprehensively.
early childhood education, language development, postgraduate dissertations, thesis analysis