Mark Baker (linguist)

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.

Mark Baker
Alma materMIT
Scientific career
FieldsSyntax, Generative grammar
InstitutionsRutgers University, McGill University
Doctoral advisorNoam Chomsky


  • Incorporation: A theory of grammatical function changing (University of Chicago Press, 1988) ISBN 0226035417[1]
  • (1996) The Polysynthesis Parameter
  • (2001) The Atoms of Language
  • (2002) Lexical Categories: Verbs, Nouns and Adjectives
  • (2008) The Syntax of Agreement and Concord
  • (2011) The Soul Hypothesis: Investigations into the Existence of the Soul Editor (with Stewart Goetz) and Contributor.


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