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

Consultation hours: Tue 4-5pm



Ritt, N 2017, The Tale of the Hungarian Time Traveller. in P Szigetvári (ed.), 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' 49th Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea, Naples, Italy, 31/08/16 - 3/09/16, .

Ritt, N 2016, What’s in a word? Reflections on labels such as ‘ELF’or ‘English’. in M-L Pitzl & R Osimk-Teasdale (eds), English as a Lingua Franca: Perspectives and Prospects. De Gruyter Mouton, pp. 129-138.


Ritt, N, Baumann, A, Prömer, C & Kazmierski, K 2016, A Lotka-Volterra model of the evolutionary dynamics of compositionality markers. in SG Roberts, C Cuskley, L McCrohon, L Barcelo-Coblijn, O Feher & T Verhoef (eds), The Evolution of Language: Proceedings of the 11th International Conference (EVOLANG11).


Ritt, N 2016, Linguistic pragmatics from an evolutionary perspective. in A Barron, P Grundy & G Yueguo (eds), Routledge Handbook of Pragmatics. Routledge.



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. pp. 1461-1466.

Ritt, N 2012, Evolutionary Linguistics. in B Kortmann (ed.), Theories and Methods in Linguistics. Walter de Gruyter.

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 (eds), Analysing Older English. Cambridge University Press, pp. 213-231.

Ritt, N 2012, Middle English: Phonology. in A Bergs & L Brinton (eds), Historical linguistics of English: An international handbook . Walter de Gruyter, Berlin, pp. 399-415.

Ritt, N 2012, Middle English phonology in the digital age: what written corpora can tell us about sound change. in EC Traugott & T Nevallainen (eds), The Oxford Handbook of the History of English. Oxford University Press, Oxford, pp. 81-87.

Ritt, N & Baumann, A 2012, Transferring mathematics to English Studies. in H Schendl & M Markus (eds), Transfer in English Studies. Wilhelm Braumüller Universitätsverlag, Vienna, pp. 219-237.

Ritt, N 2011, Distinguishing native and non-native languages on historical grounds. in RK Agnihotri & R Singh (eds), Indian English: towards a new paradigm. Palgrave Macmillan, London, pp. 211-218.

Ritt, N 2011, Memes and Language. in PC Hogan (ed.), Cambridge Encyclopedia of Language Sciences. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.





Kazmierski, K, Ritt, N, Sommerer, L, Illes, T & Lutzky, U (eds) 2010, HISTORICAL LINGUISTICS IN THE MODERN PHILOLOGIES. VIEW[Z] : Vienna English working papers, vol. 19, Unknown publisher.

Ritt, N 2009, Cambridge Encyclopedia of Language Sciences. Cambridge University Press.




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 (eds), Tracing English through time: Explorations in language variation. Wilhelm Braumüller Universitätsverlag, Wien, pp. 315-331.

Ritt, N 2007, Meaning in a material world or How to find out what linguists think about meaning. in M Fabiszak (ed.), Language and Meaning. Peter Lang, pp. 235-269.

Kastovsky, D, Schendl, H, Ritt, N & Dalton-Puffer, C 2006, Introduction. in Medieval English and Its Heritage: Structure, meaning and mechanisms of change. Studies in English Medieval Language and Literature, vol. 16, Peter Lang GmbH Europäischer Verlag der Wissenschaften, Frankfurt am Main, pp. vii-ix.

Kastovsky, D, Schendl, H, Dalton-Puffer, C & Ritt, N 2006, Introduction. in C Dalton-Puffer, D Kastovsky, N Ritt & H Schendl (eds), Syntax, Style and Grammatical Norms: English from 1500-2000. Linguistic Insights, vol. 39, Peter Lang GmbH Europäischer Verlag der Wissenschaften, Bern, pp. 7-10.

Kastovsky, D, Schendl, H, Ritt, N & Dalton-Puffer, C (eds) 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 (eds) 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 (eds), Rethinking Middle English: Linguistic and literary approaches. Studies in English Medieval Language and Literature, vol. 10, Peter Lang GmbH Europäischer Verlag der Wissenschaften, Frankfurt am Main, pp. vii-x.


Ritt, N & Schendl, H (eds) 2005, Rethinking Middle English: Linguistic and literary approaches. Studies in English Medieval Language and Literature, vol. 10, Peter Lang GmbH Europäischer Verlag der Wissenschaften.



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

1978-1985Student of English and German Philology at the University of Vienna
January1985Graduation to Magister Philosophiae (Mag. Phil.)
March 1985Promotion to University Assistant (English Department, Vienna University)
1985/86Teacher Training at a Viennese Grammar School
1987/88Foreign Language Lecturer (German), Durham University
June1990Graduation to Doctor Philosophiae (Dr. Phil.)
1991Community Service at a Neurological Clinic in Gugging, Lower Austria
1992(Summer term) Visiting Professor, Eötvös Lorand University, Budapest
April 1994Promotion to Assistant Professor
1994-2000Work on Habilitation Thesis on an evolutionary framework for the study of linguistic history
2001Venia Docendi for English Linguistics, Promotion to Associate Professor
Nov 2001-Jan 2002Visiting Professor, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan
Oct 2002-Jan 2005Head of the English Department of Vienna University
Oct-Nov 2006Visiting Professor, University of Santiago de Compostela
Jan 2007Visiting Fellow, University of Edinburgh
October 2004-2012Vice-Dean of the Faculty for Philological and Cultural Studies
February 2009Professor for English Historical Linguistics, University of Vienna
Oct 2016-Oct 2018Head of the English Department of Vienna University

Middle English Open Syllable Lengthening and statistical (mor-)phonotactics

Ritt, N. (Speaker), Matzinger, T. (Speaker)
1 Dec 2017

Activity: Science to ScienceTalk or oral contribution


'Subjectification' in semantic change, and what drives it

Ritt, N. (Speaker)
10 Oct 2017

Activity: Science to ScienceTalk or oral contribution


/l/- darkening in Austrian learner English

Matzinger, T. (Speaker), Ritt, N. (Speaker)
12 Sep 2017

Activity: Science to ScienceTalk or oral contribution


Reconstructing the spread of Middle English schwa loss

Andreas Baumann (Speaker), Christina Prömer (Speaker), Ritt, N. (Speaker)
12 Sep 2017

Activity: Science to ScienceTalk or oral contribution


Phonotactic word form shapes are selected to be morphotactically indicative

Ritt, N. (Speaker), Christina Prömer (Speaker), Andreas Baumann (Speaker), Kamil Kazmierski (Speaker)
8 Sep 2017

Activity: Science to ScienceTalk or oral contribution


Presentation of the ECCE database

Andreas Baumann (Speaker), Christina Prömer (Speaker), Ritt, N. (Speaker), Peter Andorfer (Speaker), Daniel Schopper (Speaker), Tanja Wissik (Speaker)
7 Sep 2017

Activity: Science to ScienceTalk or oral contribution


Interpolating Diachronic Phonotactic Data: On the Logistic Spread of Middle English Schwa Loss

Andreas Baumann (Speaker), Christina Prömer (Speaker), Ritt, N. (Speaker)
31 Jul 2017

Activity: Science to ScienceTalk or oral contribution


Diachronic (Mor-)phonotactics: Schwa loss & the evolution of final consonant clusters in Middle English

Ritt, N. (Speaker)
9 May 2017

Activity: Science to ScienceTalk or oral contribution


The Vienna Circle's influence on scientific methodology in linguistics

Ritt, N. (Speaker)
7 Apr 2017

Activity: Science to PublicTalk or oral contribution


Subjectification is driven by sceptic listeners

Ritt, N. (Speaker)
1 Sep 2016

Activity: OtherTalk or oral contribution


Reconstructing the life cycle of Open Syllable Lengthening from corpus data

Ritt, N. (Speaker)
23 Aug 2016

Activity: OtherTalk or oral contribution


Communicative Interaction leads to the Elimination of Unpredictable Variation

Ritt, N. (Speaker)
24 Mar 2016

Activity: OtherTalk or oral contribution



Evolutionary thinking in historical linguistics. Theory & practice.

Ritt, N. (Speaker)
26 Feb 2016

Activity: OtherTalk or oral contribution



An evolutionary account of variable stress patterns in English

Ritt, N. (Speaker)
25 Feb 2016

Activity: OtherTalk or oral contribution


Evolutionary thinking in historical linguistics. Theory & practice

Ritt, N. (Speaker)
23 Feb 2016

Activity: OtherTalk or oral contribution


Middle English Open syllable lengthening, syllabification and foot construction

Ritt, N. (Speaker)
4 Dec 2015

Activity: OtherTalk or oral contribution




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