Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Nikolaus Ritt
T: +43-1-4277-42424

Consultation hours: Tue 3-4pm

Office hours from March 1st: Tue 4-5pm

Ritt, N., & Baumann, A. (2017). On the replicator dynamics of lexical stress: accounting for stress-pattern diversity in terms of evolutionary game theory. Phonology, 34(3), 439-471. [ https://doi.org/10.1017/S0952675717000240]. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0952675717000240
Ritt, N. (2017). The Tale of the Hungarian Time Traveller. in P. Szigetvári (Hrsg.), 70 snippets to mark Ádám Nádasdy’s 70th birthday
Baumann, A., Prömer, C., & Ritt, N. (2016). Simulating hypothetical language stages: A new method for testing hypotheses in diachronic linguistics. Postersitzung präsentiert bei 49th Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea, Naples, Italien.
Ritt, N. (2016). What’s in a word? Reflections on labels such as ‘ELF’or ‘English’. in M-L. Pitzl, & R. Osimk-Teasdale (Hrsg.), English as a Lingua Franca: Perspectives and Prospects (S. 129-138). De Gruyter Mouton.
Baumann, A., Prömer, C., Kazmierski, K., & Ritt, N. (2016). Mimicry in Linguistic Evolution: A Lotka-Volterra Model of the Evolutionary Dynamics of Compositionality Markers.
Ritt, N. (2016). Linguistic pragmatics from an evolutionary perspective. in A. Barron, P. Grundy, & G. Yueguo (Hrsg.), Routledge Handbook of Pragmatics Routledge.
Ritt, N., Baumann, A., Prömer, C., & Kazmierski, K. (2016). A Lotka-Volterra model of the evolutionary dynamics of compositionality markers. in S. G. Roberts, C. Cuskley, L. McCrohon, L. Barcelo-Coblijn, O. Feher, & T. Verhoef (Hrsg.), The Evolution of Language: Proceedings of the 11th International Conference (EVOLANG11)
Baumann, A., Prömer, C., & Ritt, N. (2016). Diachronic dynamics of Middle English phonotactics provide evidence for analogy effects among lexical and morphonotactic consonant clusters. Papers in Historical Phonology, 1, 50-75. DOI: 10.2218/pihph.1.2016.1693
Ritt, N., & Kazmierski, K. (2015). How rarities like gold have come to exist: on co-evolutionary interactions between morphology and lexical phonotactics. English Language and Linguistics. DOI: 10.1017/S1360674315000040
Ritt, N., Baumann, A., & Prömer, C. (2015). Identifying therapeutic changes by simulating virtual language stages: a method and its application in the study of Middle English coda phonotactics after schwa deletion. (VIEWS: Vienna English Working Papers). Vienna.
Ritt, N., Smith, K., & Fehér, O. (2014). Eliminating unpredictable linguistic variation through interaction. in Proceedings of the 36th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (S. 1461-1466)
Ritt, N. (2012). How to weaken one’s consonants, strengthen one’s vowels and remain English at the same time. in R. Bermúdez-Otero, D. Denison, C. McCully, & E. Moore (Hrsg.), Analysing Older English (S. 213-231). Cambridge University Press.
Ritt, N., & Baumann, A. (2012). Transferring mathematics to English Studies. in H. Schendl, & M. Markus (Hrsg.), Transfer in English Studies (S. 219-237). Vienna: Wilhelm Braumüller Universitätsverlag.
Ritt, N. (2012). Middle English phonology in the digital age: what written corpora can tell us about sound change. in E. C. Traugott, & T. Nevallainen (Hrsg.), The Oxford Handbook of the History of English (S. 81-87). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Ritt, N. (2012). Middle English: Phonology. in A. Bergs, & L. Brinton (Hrsg.), Historical linguistics of English: An international handbook (S. 399-415). Berlin: Walter de Gruyter.
Ritt, N. (2012). Evolutionary Linguistics. in B. Kortmann (Hrsg.), Theories and Methods in Linguistics Walter de Gruyter.
Ritt, N. (2011). Note from the editor. Folia Linguistica Historica, 32, 1-2.
Ritt, N. (2011). Memes and Language. in P. C. Hogan (Hrsg.), Cambridge Encyclopedia of Language Sciences Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Pawlowitsch, C., Ritt, N., & Mertikopoulos, P. (2011). Neutral stability, drift, and the diversification of languages. Journal of Theoretical Biology, 287, 1-12.
Ritt, N. (2011). Distinguishing native and non-native languages on historical grounds. in R. K. Agnihotri, & R. Singh (Hrsg.), Indian English: towards a new paradigm (S. 211-218). London: Palgrave Macmillan.
Ritt, N. (2010). Editor's foreword. Folia Linguistica Historica, 31(1).
Illes, T., Sommerer, L., Lutzky, U., & Ritt, N. (2010). Historical linguistics in modern English Studies curricula: the Viennese approach. VIEW[Z] : Vienna English working papers, 19(4), 52-65.
Kazmierski, K., Ritt, N., Sommerer, L., Illes, T., & Lutzky, U. (Hrsg.) (2010). HISTORICAL LINGUISTICS IN THE MODERN PHILOLOGIES. (VIEW[Z] : Vienna English working papers). Unknown publisher.
Ritt, N. (2009). Exploring Middle English (mor-)phonotactics: the case of word final /nd/. Selim : Journal of the Spanish Society for Mediaeval English Language and Literature, 16, 65-90.
Ritt, N. (2009). Cambridge Encyclopedia of Language Sciences. Cambridge University Press.
Ritt, N. (2008). Review of 'Laurel J. Brinton and Elizabeth Closs Traugott.' 2005. Lexicalization and Language Change. Cambridge: CUP.. Studies in Language 32 (S. 229-236).
Ritt, N. (AutorIn). (2008). Putting memetic explanations to the test.
Ritt, N. (2007). Meaning in a material world or How to find out what linguists think about meaning. in. M. Fabiszak (Hrsg.), Language and Meaning (S. 235-269). Peter Lang.
Ritt, N. (2007). It seemed like a good idea at the time: why there may not have been any early Modern English shortening before dentals after all. in. S. Dollinger,. J. Hüttner,. G. Kaltenböck,. U. Lutzky, &. U. Smit (Hrsg.), Tracing English through time: Explorations in language variation (S. 315-331). Wien: Wilhelm Braumüller Universitätsverlag.
Kastovsky, D., Schendl, H., Ritt, N., & Dalton-Puffer, C. (2006). Introduction. in Medieval English and Its Heritage: Structure, meaning and mechanisms of change (S. vii-ix). (Studies in English Medieval Language and Literature; Band 16). Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang GmbH Europäischer Verlag der Wissenschaften.
Kastovsky, D., Schendl, H., Dalton-Puffer, C., & Ritt, N. (2006). Introduction. in C. Dalton-Puffer, D. Kastovsky, N. Ritt, & H. Schendl (Hrsg.), Syntax, Style and Grammatical Norms: English from 1500-2000 (S. 7-10). (Linguistic Insights; Band 39). Bern: Peter Lang GmbH Europäischer Verlag der Wissenschaften.
Kastovsky, D., Schendl, H., Ritt, N., & Dalton-Puffer, C. (Hrsg.) (2006). Medieval English and its heritage: Structure, meaning and mechanisms of change. Peter Lang GmbH Europäischer Verlag der Wissenschaften.
Schendl, H., Kastovsky, D., Dalton-Puffer, C., & Ritt, N. (Hrsg.) (2006). Syntax, style and grammatical norms. English from 1500-2000. Peter Lang GmbH Europäischer Verlag der Wissenschaften.
Schendl, H., & Ritt, N. (2005). Introduction. in N. Ritt, & H. Schendl (Hrsg.), Rethinking Middle English: Linguistic and literary approaches (S. vii-x). (Studies in English Medieval Language and Literature; Band 10). Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang GmbH Europäischer Verlag der Wissenschaften.
Ritt, N., & Schendl, H. (Hrsg.) (2005). Rethinking Middle English: Linguistic and literary approaches. (Studies in English Medieval Language and Literature; Band 10). Peter Lang GmbH Europäischer Verlag der Wissenschaften.
Ritt, N. Quantity Adjustment: vowel lengthening and shortening in Middle English
Schendl, H., & Ritt, N. (2002). Of vowel shifts great, small, long and short. Language Sciences, 24, 409-421.
Ritt, N. (1994). Quantity adjustment: vowel lengthening and shortening in Middle English. Cambridge University Press.

Research interests

English linguistics
History of English
Phonology, Morphology, Morphonology,
Middle English, Early Modern English

Linguistic theory
Language as a historical system
Language and identity
Language transmission and evolution
Memetics
Complex adaptive systems and generalized Darwinism
Connectionist competence modeling
Language and cognition
Evolutionary epistemology
Constructivism

CV

1978-1985 Student of English and German Philology at the University of Vienna
January 1985 Graduation to Magister Philosophiae (Mag. Phil.)
March 1985 Promotion to University Assistant (English Department, Vienna University)
1985/86 Teacher Training at a Viennese Grammar School
1987/88 Foreign Language Lecturer (German), Durham University
June1990 Graduation to Doctor Philosophiae (Dr. Phil.)
1991 Community Service at a Neurological Clinic in Gugging, Lower Austria
1992 (Summer term) Visiting Professor, Eötvös Lorand University, Budapest
April 1994 Promotion to Assistant Professor
1994-2000 Work on Habilitation Thesis on an evolutionary framework for the study of linguistic history
2001 Venia Docendi for English Linguistics, Promotion to Associate Professor
Nov 2001-Jan 2002 Visiting Professor, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan
Oct 2002-Jan 2005 Head of the English Department of Vienna University
Oct-Nov 2006 Visiting Professor, University of Santiago de Compostela
Jan 2007 Visiting Fellow, University of Edinburgh
October 2004-2012 Vice-Dean of the Faculty for Philological and Cultural Studies
February 2009 Professor for English Historical Linguistics, University of Vienna
Oct 2016-Oct 2018 Head of the English Department of Vienna University

Institut für Anglistik und Amerikanistik

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nikolaus.ritt@univie.ac.at