Dr. Ryan Keith Shosted
Prof. Shosted studied Czech language and literature at the College of Wooster and Beloit College before transferring to Brigham Young University and graduating in 2000 with a bachelor's degree in Linguistics. He was a Student Fulbright Fellow at Eduardo Mondlane University in Maputo, Mozambique, where he studied Changana. He then began his post-doctoral studies at the University of California, Berkeley. Shosted was supported by a four-year Jacob K. Javits Fellowship and worked in John Ohala's laboratory. He was a lecturer at the University of California, San Diego and joined the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2007. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 2013 and was a Visiting Professor at the State University of Campinas, Brazil in 2015.
- Q'anjob'al (Maya)
- Hittite and cuneiform
Prof. Ryan Shosted is an experimental phonetician and phonologist. His research focuses on how phonetic principles shape phonological, typological, and diachronic outcomes in language. He specializes in the production of speech, whether through the lens of acoustics, kinematics, or aerodynamics. He currently uses ultrafast dynamic magnetic resonance imaging to study the map between the physiology of the vocal tract and the acoustic signal that emanates from it. He works toward models of speech production built on data from typologically and geographically diverse languages, including understudied and endangered languages.
- Ph.D., California, 2006
- M.A., California, 2003
- B.A., Brigham Young, 2000
- Illinois Language Resource Initiative: Q'anjob'al (Maya)
- WLRN-FM (NPR South Florida): "A Quick primer on Q'anjob'al and other Mayan languages" (2019)
- The Guardian: "Why migrants who speak indigenous languages slip through cracks in US schools" (2019)
- The Beckman Institute: "Understanding the sounds of human speech" (2011)