Marlyse Baptista

University of Michigan

Marlyse Baptista is currently Associate Professor of Linguistics and Afroamerican and African Studies at the University of Michigan. She received a PhD in Linguistics from Harvard University in 1997. From 1997 to 1998, she was a visiting scholar at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and was faculty at the University of Georgia from 1998 to 2007. She specializes in the study of pidgin and creole languages and analyzes their morpho-syntactic properties using descriptive (both synchronic and diachronic), psycholinguistic and generative tools. She is also investigating theories of language change, Creole formation and the cognitive processes at work in contact situations.