MMag. Dr. Andreas Baumann


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Research interests

  • evolutionary linguistics, cognitive phonology and phonotactics
  • mathematical and statistical applications in linguistics
  • epidemiological, ecological and evolutionary models in diachronic linguistics
  • language, data science and digital humanities

My research in a dendrogram: Thematically clustered contributions of me and my colleagues (Ward clustering, based on non-sparse term frequencies); see Publications below for more details.


  • Since 11/2019: postdoctoral assistant at the Department of English
  • Since 05/2019: guest researcher at ACDH (Austrian Academy of Sciences), see
  • Since 07/2018: data scientist (Austrian Social Security, ITSV, Artificial Intelligence)
  • 06/2018: Dr. phil. in Cognitive Science (promotio sub auspiciis in 03/2019)
  • 02/2015-03/2018: project assistant (ECCE)
  • Since 10/2014: lecturer at the Department of English (courses)
  • 10/2014-01/2015: guest researcher at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa
  • 05/2011-09/2014: university assistant at the Department of English
  • 04/2013: Mag. rer. nat. in Mathematics
  • 01/2010: Mag. phil. in General and Applied Linguistics

Poster at LDK 2

Poster at Evolang XII

Poster at ICLC 2017

Poster at PaPE 2017

DPT 2017 workshop

Poster presented at SLE 49

Poster at Evolang XI

Evolang X conference at our department

ECCE database


  • Baumann, A.; Kazmierski, K.; Matzinger, T. Forthc. Scaling laws for phonotactic complexity in spoken English language data. Language and Speech.
  • Hofmann, K.; Baumann, A. Forthc. Trochaic bias overrides stress typicality in English lexical development. Journal of Child Language.
  • Baumann, A.; Prömer, C.; Ritt, N. Forthc.  Reconstructing the diffusion of Middle English schwa deletion. Italian Journal of Linguistics.
  • Hofmann, K.; Marakasova, A.; Baumann, A.; Neidhardt, J.; Wissik, T. 2020. Comparing Lexical Usage in Political Discourse across Diachronic Corpora. In proceedings of the Workshop Creating, Using and Linking of Parliamentary Corpora with Other Types of Political Discourse (ParlaCLARIN II) at LREC 2020, 58-65. 
  • Baumann, A. 2019. Review of Edmondson, William H. 2017: The Sequential Imperative. General Cognitive Principles and the Structure of Behaviour. Language, Mind, Culture and Society 3 (3), 171-176.
  • Ritt, N.; Baumann, A.; Prömer, C. 2019. The fall and rise of English any. In P. Nunez-Pertejo, M. Lopez-Couso, B. Mendez-Naya, J. Perez-Guerra (Eds.): Crossing Linguistic Boundaries: Systemic, Synchronic and Diachronic Variation in English. Bloomsbury Academic: London. ISBN: 9781350053854
  • Baumann, A.; Prömer, C.; Ritt, N. 2019. Word form shapes are selected to be morphotactically indicative. Folia Linguistica 40 (1), 129-151.
  • Baumann, A.; Neidhardt, J.; Wissik, T. 2019. DYLEN: Diachronic Dynamics of Lexical Networks. In T. Declerck, J. McCrae (Eds.): Proceedings of the Poster Session of the 2nd Conference on Language, Data and Knowledge (LDK-PS 2019). urn:nbn:de:0074-2402-3. 
  • Baumann, A.; Wissing, D. 2018. Stabilizing determinants in the transmission of phonotactic systems: diachrony and acquisition of coda clusters in Dutch and Afrikaans. Stellenbosch Papers in Linguistics Plus 55: 77-107
  • Baumann, A. 2018. Machine learning in diachronic corpus phonology: mining verse data to infer trajectories in English phonotactics. Papers in Historical Phonology 3: 137-157.
  • Baumann, A.; Sommerer, L. 2018. Linguistic diversification as a long-term effect of asymmetric priming: an adaptive-dynamics approach. Language Dynamics and Change 2(8): 253 – 296. Preprint:
  • Baumann, A.; Kazmierski, K. 2018. Assessing the effect of ambiguity in compositionality signaling on the processing of diphones. Language Sciences 67: 14-32. Preprint:
  • Baumann, A.; Ritt, N. 2018. The basic reproductive ratio as a link between acquisition and change in phonotactics. Cognition 176: 174-183. Preprint: 
  • Baumann, A. 2018. Linguistic stability increases with population size, but only in stable learning environments. In Cuskley, C., Flaherty, M., Little, H., McCrohon, L., Ravignani, A. & Verhoef, T. (Eds.): The Evolution of Language: Proceedings of the 12th International Conference (EVOLANGXII). Online at:
  • Baumann, A.; Ritt, N. 2017. On the replicator dynamics of lexical stress: accounting for stress pattern diversity in terms of evolutionary game theory. Phonology 34: 439-471. Preprint:
  • 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.
  • Kazmierski, K.; Wojtkowiak, E.; Baumann, A. 2016. Coalescent assimilation across word-boundaries in American English and in Polish English. Research in Language 3: 235–262.
  • Baumann, A.; Kazmierski, K. 2016. A dynamical-systems approach to the evolution of morphonotactic and lexical consonant clusters in English and Polish. Yearbook of the Poznan Linguistic Meeting 2: 115–139.
  • Baumann, A.; Prömer, C.; Kazmierski, K.; Ritt, N. 2016. A Lotka-Volterra model of the evolutionary dynamics of compositionality markers. In S.G. Roberts, C. Cuskley, L. McCrohon, L. Barceló-Coblijn, O. Feher & T. Verhoef (eds.) The Evolution of Language: Proceedings of the 11th International Conference (EVOLANG11).
  • Baumann, A.; Prömer, C.; Ritt, N. 2015. Identifying therapeutic changes by simulating virtual language stages: a method and its application to Middle English coda phonotactics after schwa deletion. VIEWS 24: 1-31.
  • Baumann, A. 2013. Evolutionary dynamics in structured populations: a life-cycle approach in continuous time. Diploma thesis. Vienna University.
  • Ritt, N.; Baumann, A. 2012. Transferring mathematics to English studies. In: M. Manfred and H. Schendl (eds.). Transfer in English studies: 219-237. Vienna: Braumüller. ISBN: 9783700318026
  • Baumann, A. 2009. The triggering learning algorithm and the problem of local maxima. Diploma thesis. Vienna University.

Conference papers and guest talks

  • Matzinger, T.; Baumann, A.; Kazmierski, K. 2019. Phonotactics is affected by statistical scaling laws less than the lexicon. ICLC 15, Nishinomiya.  
  • Baumann, A.; Kazmierski, K. 2019.  Contributions of articulatory contrast to the quality of consonant sequences: a meta study. Approaches to Phonology and Phonetics 2019, Lublin. 
  • Baumann, A.; Neidhardt, J.; Wissik, T. 2019. DYLEN: Diachronic dynamics in lexical networks. Language, Data & Knowledge 2, Leipzig. 
  • Baumann, A. 2018. Towards a standardized measurement of linguistic stability. 20th ICL, Cape Town.
  • Baumann, A., Matzinger, T. 2018. Ecological and linguistic correlates of the dynamics of phonotactic diversity: a diachronic case study. 20th ICL, Cape Town.
  • Baumann, A. 2018. Linguistic stability increases with population size, but only in stable learning environments. Evolang 12, Torun.
  • Baumann, A.; Matzinger, T. 2018. Linguistic and non-linguistic correlates in the evolution of phonotactic diversity. Evolang 12, Torun.
  • Ritt, N.; Prömer, C.; Baumann, A.; Kazmierski, K. 2017. Phonotactic word form shapes are selected to be morphotactically indicative. Diachronic phonotactics workshop, Vienna.
  • Baumann, A.; Sommerer, L. 2017. Layering an effect of asymmetric priming. 23rd ICHL, San Antonio, TX.
  • Baumann, A.; Prömer, C. 2017. Interpolating diachronic phonotactic data: On the logistic spread of Middle English schwa loss. 23rd ICHL, San Antonio, TX.
  • Kazmierski, K.; Baumann, A. 2017. Perceptual effects of ambiguity in the long-term development of boundary-signaling consonant clusters: combining experiments and dynamical systems in (mor)phonotactic research. Dynamic Modeling Workshop, Cologne.
  • Baumann, A.; Sommerer, L. 2017. Layering as a long-term effect of asymmetric priming. 14th ICLC, Tartu. 
  • Baumann, A. 2017. Early acquired sound sequences spread, late ones don't. 14th ICLC, Tartu.
  • Baumann, A.; Kazmierski, K. 2017. Lazy speakers and distant sounds: on the role of articulatory difference in phonotactic production, acquisition and change. PaPE, Cologne.
  • Baumann, A. 2017. Manner of articulation is the primary articulatory pressure in the formation of phonotactic systems: evidence from the acquisition and diachrony of Dutch and Afrikaans. Phon & Phon meeting, AMU, Poznan. 
  • Kazmierski, K.; Baumann, A. 2016. Assessing the effect of compositionality-signaling variability on the segmentation function and processability of diphones. Experimental Approaches to Perception and Production of Language Variation, Vienna.
  • Hofmann, K.; Baumann, A. 2016. The effect of differential stress patterns on age-of-acquisition ratings in English. SLE, Naples.
  • Baumann, A.; Prömer, C.; Ritt, N. 2016. Identifying therapeutic changes by constructing virtual language stages. SLE, Naples.
  • Baumann, A. 2016. Stabilizing determinants in the transmission of phonotactic systems: on the emergence of the Afrikaans consonant-cluster inventory. Afrikaans Grammar Workshop, Johannesburg.
  • Zehentner, E.; Baumann, A.; Ritt, N.; Prömer, C. 2016. A Game Theoretic Account Of Semantic Subjectification In The Cultural Evolution Of Languages. Evolang XI, New Orleans.
  • Baumann, A.; Prömer, C.; Kazmierski, K.; Ritt, N. 2016. A Lotka-Volterra model of the evolutionary dynamics of compositionality markers. Evolang XI, New Orleans. and
  • Baumann, A.; Prömer, C.; Ritt, N. 2015. Diachronic reflexes of frequency effects among word final (mor)phonotactic consonant clusters in Middle and Early Modern English. 3rd International Workshop on Phonotactics and Phonotactic Modeling, Vienna.
  • Prömer, C.; Baumann, A.; Ritt, N. 2015. Sporadic final devoicing in English past tense forms ending in [sonorant]+/d/ clusters: a 'therapeutic' response to schwa loss. 3rd International Workshop on Phonotactics and Phonotactic Modeling, Vienna.
  • Ritt, N.; Baumann, A. 2015. Evolutionäre Spieltheorie in der historischen Sprachwissenschaft. Grammar, Cognition and Language: Dahlem Lectures in Linguistics, FU Berlin.
  • Baumann, A.; Kazmierski, K. 2015. A structured-population dynamical-systems approach to the evolution of morphonotactic and lexical consonant clusters. PLM, Poznan.
  • Ritt, N.; Kazmierski, K.; Baumann, A.; Prömer, C. 2015. Phonology-morphology interaction and the emergence of /VVCC/-rhymes in the English lexicon. SLE, Leiden.
  • Baumann, A.; Prömer, C.; Ritt, N. 2015. Therapeutic responses to Early Middle English schwa loss in the domain of morphonotactics. SLE, Leiden.
  • Baumann, A. 2014. Mathematical modelling of language change: what is the point of all this? University of Stellenbosch, South Africa.
  • Baumann, A. 2014. Languages as eco-evolutionary systems: why it sometimes still makes sense to compare linguistic change with disease. SACEMA, Stellenbosch, South Africa.
  • Baumann, A. 2014. Rhythm-driven evolutionary dynamics of lexical stress in natural languages. EvoMus Workshop, Evolang X, Vienna, Austria.
  • Baumann, A. 2013. When uniform stress placement collapsed: the history of English word stress told by Evolutionary Game Theory, Oslo, Norway.
  • Baumann, A. 2013. Eco-evolutionary dynamics of linguistic replicators. Ways to Protolanguage 3, Wroclaw, Poland.
  • Baumann, A. 2012. Grammaticalizing to death: evolutionary suicide of OE/ME case markers. Memetics Workshop, Vienna, Austria.
  • Baumann, A. 2012. Grammatikalisierung, Optimierung und Unidirektionalität. OELT 39 (Österreichische Linguistiktagung), Innsbruck, Austria.
  • Baumann, A. 2012. Struggle for rhythm: an evolutionary approach to stress assignment. PLM (43rd Poznan Linguistic Meeting), Poznan, Poland.
  • Baumann, A. 2012. Grammaticalization and evolutionary optimization. NRG 5 (New Reflections on Grammaticalization), Edinburgh, Scotland.
  • Baumann, A. 2012. Grammatikalisierung als evolutionärer Optimierungsprozess. Zweiter Workshop "Sprachwissenschaftliche Dissertationsprojekte der Wiener Germanistik", Vienna, Austria.
  • Ritt, N. Baumann, A. 2011. Lexical stress, game theory and utterance rhythm. SLE 44 (Societa Linguistica Europaea), Logrono, Spain.

Prizes, grants and funding

  • Digital Humanism project grant; Stadt Wien MA 7; Co-PI; "Dynamic sentiment analysis as emotional compass in the digital media landscape" (11/2019)
  • Dissertation award of the Faculty of Philosophy (06/2019)
  • Promotion award of the Vienna Language Society (04/2019)
  • Stipend of excellence; Austrian Ministry of Science, Research and Economy (03/2019) 
  • GoDigital! project grant; Austrian Academy of Sciences; Co-PI; "Diachronic dynamics of lexical networks", see (12/2018)
  • Travel grant; ÖFG (07/2018)
  • Dissemination/travel grant (pre doc); Research Services and Career Development, University of Vienna (07/2018)
  • Travel grant; ÖFG (08/2017)
  • Best poster award (2nd prize); 49th SLE, Naples (09/2016)
  • VivA travel grant, Virtuele Instituut vir Afrikaans (08/2016)
  • Evolang poster prize (1st prize), Evolang XI, New Orleans (04/2016)


  • Natural language processing and machine learning (AMU Poznan, June 2020)
  • Interdisciplinary lecture series on data science (TU Wien, June 2020)
  • PS Proseminar linguistics 2: Language and artificial intelligence (SS20)
  • Introduction to text mining (VDA Theory and Methods in the Humanities, May 2019) [course materials]
  • AR Applied data science for linguists (SS19, SS20) 
  • SE Staff seminar linguistics (WS17/18)
  • Statistical modeling and multimodel inference (AMU Poznan, December 2017)
  • Introducing statistics module (Poznan, December 2017) 
  • AR Introduction to statistical modeling for linguists (SS17)
  • SE Staff seminar: Approaching statistical problems in English language studies with R (WS16/17)
  • AR Introduction to statistics for linguists (WS14/15, WS15/16)
  • AR Statistics module in "Research methods in linguistics" (WS13/14, SS14, WS15/16, SS16, WS16/17, SS17, WS17/18, WS19/20)
  • AR Quantitative and statistical methods (WS13/14)
  • PS Proseminar linguistics 1 (WS12/13, SS13, SS14)
  • SE Introduction to evolutionary linguistics (SS12)