Alexander von Humboldt Professorship 2012

Rolf Harald Baayen

Rolf Harald Baayen is regarded as one of the best and most innovative researchers in the field of vocabulary research and quantitative linguistics.

  • Nominating University: University of Tübingen


Rolf Harald Baayen is a pioneer of computer assisted and empirical linguistic research and psycholinguistics, and has made fundamental contributions to our understanding of human speech and the role of the memory in language processing. Baayen is set to assume the Chair of Quantitative Linguistics at the University of Tübingen and help make linguistic research a key sector in the university’s strategic plan.

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Harald Baayen at the University of Tübingen

Brief bio

Prof. Dr. Rolf Harald Baayen was born in the USA in 1958. Doctorate in 1989 and postdoc at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands; from 1990 Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen, The Netherlands; from 1998 Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen, initially as an associate and subsequently a full professor of Quantitative Linguistics (2006); since 2007 professor at Department of Linguistics, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada. Honours include the PIONIER Award of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research in 1998; member of the Linguistic Society of America. Since September 2011 he works as an Alexander von Humboldt Professor at the Department of Linguistics of the University of Tübingen.
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