Mark Baker (linguist)

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Mark Baker
Mark Baker.jpg
Born 1959
Alma mater MIT
Scientific career
Fields Syntax, Generative grammar
Institutions Rutgers University, McGill University
Doctoral advisor Noam Chomsky

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.

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  • (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[[]]]