Simon Todd

CITS Faculty Affiliate


Simon Todd is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Linguistics at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His research focuses on the incredible power of passive listening for developing and accessing knowledge about language varieties and the people that speak them. For example, he has examined: how people who don't speak a language can nevertheless gain impressive implicit knowledge of its regularities by being exposed to it often; how social stereotypes based on the way that someone sounds can influence what listeners remember them saying; and how words demonstrate changes in accent over time at different rates, based on how easily they can be understood. His work delves into the rich biases associated with in-the-moment listening and explores their large-scale, long-term implications, using a combination of computational modeling, behavioral experiments, and statistical analysis of large bodies of language data.