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About me

Me

My name is James Baker (informally "Jim") and I am currently a PhD student in Linguistics at the Department for Theoretical and Applied Linguistics, University of Cambridge. My PhD project is on unaccusativity and "split-S" systems of case and agreement.

Contact details.

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. I also write about linguistics on my personal blog.

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.

2017

Talks

Baker, J. (2017a). Theses on theta theory. SyntaxLab, Department of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics, University of Cambridge, 7th March 2017. Handout available here.

Baker, J. (2017b). Acceptability judgements and online surveys. Rethinking grammaticality judgements workshop, University of Cambridge, 11th March 2017. Handout available here.

2016

Article

Baker, J. (2016a). Split intransitivity in English. Cambridge Occasional Papers in Linguistics, vol. 9, pp. 1-34. Published online here.

Talks

Baker, J. (2016b). The semantic bases of split-S systems. SyntaxLab, Department of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics, University of Cambridge, 26th January 2016. Handout available here.
Baker, J. (2016c). The alignment of case and agreement: matches and mismatches. DTAL Comparative Syntax research cluster workshop, University of Cambridge, 11th March 2016. Handout available here.
Baker, J. (2016d). 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. Handout available here.
Baker, J. (2015e). Split intransitivity in English in cross-linguistic perspective. Presentation at the Linguistics and English Language Postgraduate Conference, University of Edinburgh, 3rd June 2016. Handout available here.
Baker, J. (2016f). How to build a language. Presentation to sixth-form students, Trinity Hall, Cambridge, 29th July 2016.
Baker, J. (2016g). Split-S: an endangered language type? Presentation at the Cambridge Postgraduate Workshop on Endangered Languages and Cultures, University of Cambridge, 5th July 2016. Slides available here.
Baker, J. (2016h). 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. Slides available here.
Baker, J. (2016i). Speak friend and enter: Tolkien as a gateway to linguistics. Presentation at the Festival of Ideas, University of Cambridge, 22nd October 2016.

2015

Article

Baker, J. (2015a). Intransitive verb classes in English and the unaccusative hypothesis. Unpublished ms. Honourable Mention, Richard M. Hogg Prize 2015.

Talks

Baker, J. (2015b). What are little verbs made of?: Deriving the English verbal system from underlying elements. Trinity Hall MCR McMenemy Seminar. Trinity Hall, Cambridge, 4th February 2015. Slides available here (.pptx format).
Baker, J. (2015c). Contributions to the typology of split intransitivity. SyntaxLab, Department of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics, University of Cambridge, 24th February 2015. Handout available here.
Baker, J. (2015d). Factors governing split intransitivity. Presentation at ShefLing PGC, University of Sheffield, 6th March 2015. Slides available here.
Baker, J. (2015e). Telling Time: Time in the World's Languages. Presentation at the Sixth Trinity Hall MCR Marshall McLuhan Symposium. Trinity Hall, Cambridge, 2nd May 2015. Slides available here.
Baker, J. (2015f). "He was outarriving away an arrival", and other impossible sentences. Presentation at the UK Linguistics Olympiad Summer Course. Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, 1st September 2015.
Baker, J. (2015g). Split intransitivity, thematic roles and functional heads. Presentation at the Manchester Forum in Linguistics (MFiL). University of Manchester, 6th November 2015. Handout available here.

2014

Articles

Baker, J. (2014a). Testing a hypothesis that case in early child language is lexical case. MPhil essay, University of Cambridge.
Baker, J. (2014b). Aspects of the evolution of the Latin/Romance verbal system. MPhil thesis, University of Cambridge.

Talks

Baker, J. (2014c). Why the little things in language matter to linguistics. Presentation at the Fifth Trinity Hall MCR Marshall McLuhan Symposium. Trinity Hall, Cambridge, 26th April 2014. Slides available here.
Baker, J. (2014d). Split-S systems and unaccusativity. Presentation at the Ninth Language at the University of Essex International Postgraduate Conference (LangUE). University of Essex, 12th June 2014. Slides available here.
Baker, J. (2014e). 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. Handout available here.

2013

Baker, J. (2013). Theoretical approaches to alignment, with special reference to split/fluid-S systems. Undergraduate dissertation, University of Cambridge.

2012

Baker, J. (2012a). Spelling variation in the Latin text of Codex Bezae. Unpublished ms.
Baker, J. (2012b). Spelling variation in Codex Bezae. Presentation handout.


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