Armed with his Ph.D. in 2010, Simeon Floyd headed to the prestigious Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics (MPI) in the Netherlands for a three-year post-doctoral fellowship. The MPI is a world-famous research institute whose goal is "understanding how our minds and brains process language, how language interacts with other aspects of mind, and how we can learn languages of quite different types."
Floyd specializes in Cha'palaa, a largely undocumented language of the Ecuadorian Chachi people. His extensive data collection and video recordings help provide resources that prevent the language from being lost. He is working with researchers who have comparable data sets from languages around the world so new advances can be made in the study of social interaction, which has historically been slanted towards the study of English and other majority languages.
After the post-doctoral fellowship, Floyd plans to pursue an academic career in the U.S. or Ecuador to teach and research indigenous languages of the Americas.