James Baker, linguistician

About me

My name is James Baker (informally "Jim") and I have recently completed my PhD in Linguistics at the Department for Theoretical and Applied Linguistics, University of Cambridge, where I currently give supervisions and lectures. My PhD thesis is titled Split intransitivity: thematic roles, case and agreement and can be found here.

I can be contacted at jb750 followed by the at sign followed by .cam.ac.uk, or if that doesn't work at jsbaker750 also followed by the at sign followed by .cantab.net.

My work

The following lists contain links to some of my work in linguistics.

You may also be interested in reading my posts on the CamLangSci blog. These are posts on the subject of linguistics written for a general audience. Also, this page discusses various online surveys I carried out as part of my research in the summer of 2015, aimed at explaining some of the results for non-expert readers.

Articles and dissertations

For talks see below.

To app.  Split intransitivity in English. To appear in English Language and Linguistics.
Rethinking split intransitivity. To appear in Theresa Biberauer, Sten Vikner, András Bárány and Jamie Douglas (eds.), Clausal architecture and its consequences: Synchronic and diachronic perspectives. Language Science Press.
2018Split intransitivity: thematic roles, case and agreement. PhD dissertation, University of Cambridge.
Split intransitivity in Basque. Cambridge Occasional Papers in Linguistics, vol. 11, pp. 1-35.
2016Split intransitivity in English. Cambridge Occasional Papers in Linguistics, vol. 9, pp. 1-34.
2015Intransitive verb classes in English and the unaccusative hypothesis. Unpublished ms. Honourable Mention, Richard M. Hogg Prize 2015.
2014Aspects of the evolution of the Latin/Romance verbal system. MPhil thesis, University of Cambridge.
Testing a hypothesis that case in early child language is lexical case. MPhil essay, University of Cambridge.
2013Theoretical approaches to alignment, with special reference to split/fluid-S systems. Undergraduate dissertation, University of Cambridge.
2012Spelling variation in the Latin text of Codex Bezae. Unpublished ms.

Talks

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2018      Particles and results: where to draw the line?. SyntaxLab, University of Cambridge, 13th March 2018.
English split intransitivity: an historical perspective. SyntaxLab, University of Cambridge, 27th November 2018.
2017Theses on theta theory. SyntaxLab, Department of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics, University of Cambridge, 7th March 2017.
Acceptability judgements and online surveys. Rethinking grammaticality judgements workshop, University of Cambridge, 11th March 2017.
How Georgian is (not) like Basque: a comparative case study of split-S languages. Presentation at Cambridge Comparative Syntax (CamCoS) 6, University of Cambridge, 4th May 2017.
Latin deponents and Romance unaccusatives. Poster presentatation at the Cambridge Workshop on Voice, University of Cambridge, 23rd May 2017.
SHow Georgian is (not) like Basque: a comparative case study of split-S languages. Presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Linguistics Association of Great Britain (LAGB), 7th September 2017, and at the 50th Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea (SLE), 13th September 2017. (Nb. this is a somewhat different talk from the one above with the same title!)
2016The semantic bases of split-S systems. SyntaxLab, Department of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics, University of Cambridge, 26th January 2016.
The alignment of case and agreement: matches and mismatches. DTAL Comparative Syntax research cluster workshop, University of Cambridge, 11th March 2016.
Split-S systems, language endangerment and the languages of the Caucasus. Third workshop on Romeyka and the languages of the eastern Black Sea: round table Emerging Ergativity as a Sprachbund feature. Queens' College, Cambridge, 27th May 2016.
Split intransitivity in English in cross-linguistic perspective. Presentation at the Linguistics and English Language Postgraduate Conference, University of Edinburgh, 3rd June 2016.
Split-S: an endangered language type? Presentation at the Cambridge Postgraduate Workshop on Endangered Languages and Cultures, University of Cambridge, 5th July 2016.
Split intransitivity in English. Presentation at the Fourth Conference of the International Society of the Linguistics of English, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań, Poland, 21st September 2016.
2015Contributions to the typology of split intransitivity. SyntaxLab, Department of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics, University of Cambridge, 24th February 2015. .
Factors governing split intransitivity. Presentation at ShefLing PGC, University of Sheffield, 6th March 2015.
Split intransitivity, thematic roles and functional heads. Presentation at the Manchester Forum in Linguistics (MFiL), University of Manchester, 6th November 2015.
2014Split-S systems and unaccusativity. Presentation at the Ninth Language at the University of Essex International Postgraduate Conference (LangUE), University of Essex, 12th June 2014.
Deriving the English verbal system via head movement and the functional hierarchy. Presentation at the Manchester Forum in Linguistics (MFiL), University of Manchester, 13th November 2014.