School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences

William F. Katz


Research Interests

Acoustic phonetics, speech production, kinematic analyses of speech, visual feedback for speech rehabilitation and second language training

Curriculum Vitae


Dr. William Katz is one of the leading researchers in the area of clinical linguistics, aphasia, apraxia of speech, speech production and perception, acoustic phonetics. He has helped develop a novel system for displaying real-time 3D images of the speech articulators and has used this system to improve the pronunciation of language learners. Dr. Katz’s previous research included characterizing the speech and language of children and adults, developing instrumental interventions for apraxia of speech; and understanding foreign accent syndrome (FAS). Dr. Katz has been recognized as a Callier Research Scholar and has been a member of a number of professional organizations, including the National Aphasia Association, Linguistics Society of America, International Phonetics Association, and the American Speech and Hearing Association. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of California — Santa Cruz, his master’s degree from California State University — Long Beach, and his PhD from Brown University.

Recent and Selected Representative Publications

Recent Articles in Peer-Refereed Journals

Katz, W.F. and Assmann, P. (2005). Synthesis fidelity and time-varying spectral change in vowels. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 117, 886-895.

Katz, W.F., Gabbert, G.J., Dewey, R., (2004). Compensatory articulation in individuals with Parkinson’s disease. Brain and Language 91, 19-20.

Katz, W.F. and Yoshida, M. (2004). Children’s use of prosody to identify ambiguous sets of compound nouns. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 116, 2645.