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Dr. Ryan Keith Shosted

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Contact Information

4040 Literatures, Cultures & Linguistics Building
707 S. Mathews Ave. | MC-168
Urbana, IL 61801

Office Hours

Fall 2019: Th 2:30-3:30, F 1:00-2:00 or by email for an appointment
Professor, Director of the Phonetics Lab, Director of Undergraduate Studies
Associate Director, SLCL


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. He was promoted to Professor in 2020.

Research Interests

𐐜 𐐔𐐯𐑅𐐨𐑉𐐯𐐻 𐐈𐑊𐑁𐐰𐐺𐐯𐐻
Hittite and cuneiform
Q'anjob'al (Maya)

Research Description

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. He gains insights into historical sound change by studying writing systems like Hittite cuneiform and the Deseret Alphabet.


Ph.D., California, 2006
M.A., California, 2003
B.A., Brigham Young, 2000

Additional Campus Affiliations

Professor, Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology
Professor, Spanish and Portuguese
Professor, American Indian Studies Program

Highlighted Publications

Journal Articles

Shosted, Ryan, Christopher Carignan, and Panying Rong. "Managing the distinctiveness of phonemic nasal vowels: Articulatory evidence from Hindi." Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, vol. 131, no. 1, 2012, p. 455-46.

Shosted, PhD. Ryan, PhD. Ignacio Hualde, and Daniel Scarpace. "Palatal complexity revisited: An electropalatographic analysis of /ɲ/ in Brazilian Portuguese with comparison to Peninsular Spanish." Language and Speech, vol. 55, no. 4, 2012, p. 477-502.

"An articulatory–aerodynamic approach to stop excrescence." Journal of Phonetics, 2011, p. 660-67.

Carnigan, Christopher, Ryan Shosted, Chilin Shih, and Panying Rong. "Articulatory compensation for nasality: An EMA study of lingual position during nasalized vowels." Journal of Phonetics, vol. 39, 2011, p. 668–682.

Shosted, Ryan K, and Sharon Rose. "Affricating ejective fricatives: The case of Tigrinya." Journal of the International Phonetic Association, vol. 41, no. 1, 2011, p. 41-65.

Shosted, Ryan K, Torrey M.J. Loucks, Luc F. De Nil, Christopher J. Poletto, and Annie King. "Coordinating vocalization onset with articulation: A potential role for sensory cues." Phonetica, vol. 67, no. 1-2, 2010, p. 47-62.

Book Contributions

Shosted, Ryan. "Towards a glottalic theory of Mayan." New Perspectives in Mayan Linguistics, Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambrige Scholar's Publishing, 2011, p. 80-113.

Shosted, Ryan. "Articulatory and acoustic characteristics of fricatives in Changana." Selected Proceedings of the 40th Annual Conference on African Linguistics, compiled by E.G. Bokamba, compiled by R. Shosted, compiled by B. Ayalew. Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Proceedings Project, 2011, p. 119–129.

Shosted, Ryan K. "Towards a glottalic theory of Mayan." New Perspectives in Mayan Linguistics, compiled by H. Avelino. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholar’s Publishing, 2011.

Shosted, Ryan K. "The production and provenance of Spanish and Portuguese palatal nasals." Romance Linguistics 2009: Selected Papers from the 39th Linguistic Symposium on Romance Languages, compiled by S. Colina, compiled by A. Olarrea, compiled by A. Carvalho. Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 2010, p. 43-62.

Edited Books

Selected Proceedings of the 40th Annual Conference on African Linguistics. Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Proceedings Project, 2011.

Recent Publications

Jin, R., Li, Y., Shosted, R. K., Xing, F., Gilbert, I., Perry, J. L., Woo, J., Liang, Z. P., & Sutton, B. P. (2024). Optimization of 3D dynamic speech MRI: Poisson-disc undersampling and locally higher-rank reconstruction through partial separability model with regional optimized temporal basis. Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, 91(1), 61-74.

Jin, R., Shosted, R. K., Xing, F., Gilbert, I. R., Perry, J. L., Woo, J., Liang, Z. P., & Sutton, B. P. (2023). Enhancing linguistic research through 2-mm isotropic 3D dynamic speech MRI optimized by sparse temporal sampling and low-rank reconstruction. Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, 89(2), 652-664.

Perry, J. L., Gilbert, I. R., Xing, F., Jin, R., Kuehn, D. P., Shosted, R. K., Woo, J., Liang, Z. P., & Sutton, B. P. (Accepted/In press). Preliminary Development of an MRI Atlas for Application to Cleft Care: Findings and Future Recommendations. Cleft Palate Journal.

Keenan-Jones, D., Motta, D., Garcia, M. H., Sivaguru, M., Perillo, M., Shosted, R. K., & Fouke, B. W. (2022). Travertine crystal growth ripples record the hydraulic history of ancient Rome’s Anio Novus aqueduct. Scientific reports, 12(1), Article 1239.

Hermes, Z., Barlaz, M. S., Shosted, R. K., Liang, Z.-P., & Sutton, B. (2021). Articulatory and acoustic correlates of pharyngealization and pharyngealization spread in Cairene Arabic: A real-time magnetic resonance imaging study. In D. Ntelitheos, & T. T.-C. Leung (Eds.), Experimental Arabic Linguistics (pp. 24-55). (Studies in Arabic Linguistics; Vol. 10). John Benjamins Publishing Company.

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