Mark Cleland Baker (born 1959) is an American linguist. He received his Ph.D. from MIT in 1985 and has taught at Rutgers since 1998. Prof. Baker frequently was a faculty member at the Linguistic Society of America's Summer Institute and, prior to coming to Rutgers, was a faculty member at McGill University (1986-1998). He worked on the Mohawk language for several years, also serving as a consultant on language revitalization for the Mohawk. Working within generative grammar, he wrote several important books about the formal analysis of polysynthetic languages.
- (1988) Incorporation: A theory of grammatical function changing
- (1996) The Polysynthesis Parameter
- (2002) Lexical Categories: Verbs, Nouns and Adjectives
- (2003) The Atoms of Language
- (2008) The Syntax of Agreement and Concord
- (2011) The Soul Hypothesis: Investigations into the Existence of the Soul Editor (with Stewart Goetz) and Contributor