Reiko Kataoka (she, her, hers)

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Dr. Kataoka earned her Ph.D. in Linguistics from UC Berkeley in 2021 with extensive training in phonetics, laboratory phonology, and psycholinguistics. She joined SJSU in 2012 as a lecturer, and since then she has taught a variety of GE and linguistics courses.

When she is not teaching, Dr. Kataoka engages in research on speech perception, investigating how humans map continuous and variable acoustic signals to stable mental representations. Her current research topics center around plasticity and variability of the human auditory system and their relationship to historical sound change.


  • Ph.D.; Ph.D. in Linguistics; University of California, Berkeley


Recent Publications

  • Kataoka, R., & Koo, H. (2017). Comparing malleability of phonetic category between [i] and [u]. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 142, EL42-48.

  • Sumner, M., & Kataoka, R. (2013). Effects of phonetically-cued talker variation on semantic encoding. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 134, EL485-491.

  •  Kataoka, R. (2011). Phonetic and Cognitive Bases of Sound Change. (Doctoral dissertation). University of California at Berkeley.


Recent Presentations

  • Swan, J., Koo, H., & Kataoka, R. (2021, January 9). Dynamic vowel qualities among multiethnic Santa Clara County talkers [Conference presentation]. The 95th Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America, Virtual.

  • Kataoka, R., & Koo, H. (2019, December 5). Effects of variability and internal structure on malleability of phonetic categories: A case of [i] vs. [u] [Poster presentation]. 178th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America, San Diego, CA. 

  • Kataoka, R., & Koo, H. (2018, April 16). Comparing malleability of phonetic category between [i] and [u] [Invited talk]. Berkeley Phonetics and Phonology Forum, University of California, Berkeley.

Noteworthy Grants and Awards

  • 2022 College of H&A AY 2022-2023 Artistic Excellence Programming Grant ($4680)
  • 2021 College of H&A Sustainable Futures Curricular Communities Initiative Award ($200)
  • 2019 College of H&A RSCA AY2019-20 Dean’s Professional Development Grant ($700)
  • 2017 College of H&A RSCA June 2018 Stipend Award ($5000)
  • 2015 College of H&A RSCA AY2015-16 Travel Award ($750)

Research Interest

  • Speech perception
  • perceptual learning
  • phonetic category
  • stability-plasticity
  • individual variation
  • production-perception loop
  • sound change

Recommended Books

Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell,Thomas Pynchon

Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson,Kenneth H. Blanchard

Your Inner Fish by Neil Shubin