Jonah Katz, Ph.D.
Jonah Katz completed BA degrees in music and linguistics with a minor in Spanish at UMass Amherst, and a PhD in phonetics and phonology at MIT.
Jonah Katz investigates the nature of
linguistic sounds and sound patterns across human languages, in particular the
ways in which the phonological patterning of contrast is affected by the
articulatory, acoustic, and temporal properties of the sounds involved. He has
also worked extensively on the structure and cognition of music, particularly
its similarities to human languages. Recent projects have focused on English,
Korean, Spanish, Campidanese Sardinian, the phonetics and rhythm of hip-hop
rhymes, and the harmony of Common Practice Period ('classical') music and jazz.
Jonah teaches classes in phonetics, phonology, and general linguistics at WVU.
He is the advisor for the Linguistics MA.