Nikolaus Ritt#


Nikolaus Ritt
Email:nikolaus.ritt 'at' univie.ac.at
Membership Number:3665
Membership type:ORDINARY
Main Country of Residence:AUSTRIA
Section:LINGUISTIC STUDIES
Username:nritt
Homepage: https://anglistik.univie.ac.at/home/staff-members/ritt






Present and Previous Positions
  • since 2009 Full Professor of English Historical Linguistics at Vienna University
  • 2004 - 2012 Vice-Dean of the Faculty for Philological and Cultural studies, Vienna University
  • 2002 - 2005 Head of the English Department of Vienna University
  • 2001 - 2009 Associate Professor, English Dept., University of Vienna
  • 1994 - 2001 Assistant Professor (English Department, Vienna University)
  • 1987 - 1988 Foreign Lecturer at the German Department of Durham University, GB
  • 1985 - 1994 University Assistant (English Department, Vienna University)

Fields of Scholarship
  • 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

Honours and Awards
  • 2013 Member of the Academia Europaea
  • Figdor-Award of the Austrian Academy of Sciences for Quantity adjustment: vowel lengthening and shortening in Early Middle English. Cambridge: University Press.

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