Nicholas (Nico) Baier

Faculty Lecturer in Linguistics, McGill University

  • email: nico.baier at mcgill dot ca
  • office: 101, 1085 Ave Dr Penfield
  • hours: Tuesdays 12-2pm

About Me

I am a Faculty Lecturer in Linguistics at McGill University. I am completing my PhD at the University of California, Berkeley. I have an M.A. in Linguistics from UC Berkeley and a B.A. in Linguistics and German from the University of Michigan. I've also spent some time in the Department of Linguistics at MIT in the Fall of 2015.


My primary interests are in syntax and morphology. My research focuses on the morphosyntax of Ā-dependencies, including the interaction of phi-agreement and Ā-movement and morphological reflexes of Ā-movement. More generally, I am interested in theories of agreement and what they can tell us about the grammar. On a broader scale, my work aims to meld rigorous typological research with minimalist analysis.

In my dissertation, I examine anti-agreement, a phenomenon where agreement with an argument is disrupted under Ā-extraction of that argument. I'm conducting a cross-linguistic study of anti-agreement effects with the goals of developing a typology of the variation in these effects and also formulating a unified theoretical analysis of them. Preliminary results of this research can be seen in my dissertation prospectus, posted below.

I have conducted fieldwork on several understudied languages. These include two languages of Senegal, Seereer (Atlantic) and Noon (Cangin). Some of this work can be seen in my PhD qualifying paper on long distance wh-dependencies in Seereer and my presentations about adjective agreement in Noon. I have also worked on indigenous languages of North America. While in Berkeley I participated in the Karuk Treebank Project. While at University of Michigan, I worked on Sally Thomason's Montana Salish (Flathead) dictionary project.


You can download the latest version of my CV here.


Unifying Anti-Agreement and Wh-Agreement

Ms. | paper | lingbuzz

Antilocality and Antiagreement

To appear in Linguistic Inquiry 48:2 | paper | lingbuzz

Adjective Agreement in Noon: Evidence for a Split Theory of Noun-Modifier Concord

Proceedings of NELS 45, 2015 | paper | lingbuzz

Object Suffixes as Incorporated Pronouns in Seereer

To appear in the Proceedings of ACAL 45, June 2015 | paper | lingbuzz

A Survey of Anti-Agreement Effects

Dissertation Prospectus, updated January 2016 | pdf

Spell-out, Chains, and Long Distance Wh-movement in Seereer

PhD Qualifying Paper, March 2014 | pdf


A Morphological Theory of Anti-Agreement

LSA 2016, Austin, TX, Jan 5-8, 2017 | poster

The Unity of Anti-Agreement and Wh-Agreement

CamCos 5, Cambridge, UK, 5–7 May 2016 | handout

Deriving Partial Anti-Agreement

LSA 2016, Washington D.C., Jan 7-10, 2016 | handout

Adjective Agreement in Noon: Evidence for a Split Theory of Noun-Modifier Concord

LSA 2015, Portland, Jan 8-11, 2015 | handout

NELS 45, MIT, October 31 2014 handout

Object Suffixes as Incorporated Pronouns in Seereer

ACAL 45, University of Kansas, April 17 2014 | handout

Spell-Out, Chains, and Long Distance Wh-movement in Seereer

CLS 50, UC Berkeley, April 10, 2014 | handout

Long Distance Wh-Movement in Seereer

PLC 38, UC Berkeley, March 29 2014 | handout

Separating Case and agreement in Montana Salish

WSCLA 18, UC Berkeley, April 5 2013 | handout