Georgia Zellou, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Linguistics, University of California, Davis

co-PI, UC Davis Phonetics Lab

co-Director, 2019 Linguistic Institute

co-Editor-in-Chief, Linguistics Vanguard

Affiliated Faulty, Center for Mind & Brain, UC Davis

Affiliated Faulty, French & Italian Department, UC Davis

Recent Awards/Honors:

Fellow of the Linguistic Society of America

2024-2028 Chancellor's Fellow, UC Davis

2020-2023 Dean’s Fellow, UC Davis 

2022 Fulbright Fellow,  at Université de Paris Cité, Paris, France

2022 UC Davis Graduate Program Advising and Mentoring Award

2019 Chancellor’s Award in Excellence in Mentoring Undergraduate Research  

Co-PI on National Science Foundation SBE Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, awarded to PI: Dr. Michelle Cohn, “Device-directed speech as a window into mechanisms of speech production: an investigation of adults and children.” (co-PI, with Zhou Yu and Katharine Graf Estes). 


Office: 278 Kerr Hall 

Email: gzellou@ucdavis.edu

News and updates:

Georgia is PI on a National Science Foundation Grant (BCS-2140183). “The seeds and spread of sound change: Individual differences in coarticulatory patterns.” 

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New Monograph published! 

Zellou (2022), Coarticulation in Phonology. Cambridge Elements in Phonology Series. Cambridge University Press. 


Ph.D., Linguistics,  University of Colorado at Boulder, 2012


M.A., Linguistics, Stony Brook University (SUNY), 2007


B.A., Linguistics & Anthropology (double major, Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa), University of Florida, 2005

Past Awards

2019 Amazon Faculty Research Award. "Applying human 'speech rules' to Alexa: Impact of acoustic-phonetic modifications on device engagement and perceived naturalness."

Artificial Intelligence and Healthcare Seed Grant. "Using device-directed speech in children and adults to automatically detect autistic traits."

NSF BCS-1822522. "Workshop: 5th Workshop on Sound Change: Sound change in endangered or small speech communities."  (with Alan Yu, PI). 

Interdisciplinary Research Grant. "How infants learn from infant-directed speech". (with Katharine Graf Estes, PI). 

Hellman Foundation Fellow, UC Davis, 2017-2018

ISS Junior Faculty Research Grant, UC Davis, 2018

Visiting Research Fellow, Center for Advanced Studies/ Institute of Phonetics and Speech Processing, Ludwig-Maximilians Universitat, Munich, Germany, May 2016.