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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.

Research Interests

Q'anjob'al (Maya)
Hittite and cuneiform

Professional Information

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


Office Address

University of Illinois
Dept. of Linguistics, MC-168
707 South Mathews Avenue
Urbana, IL 61801

Office: 4040 Foreign Languages Bldg.

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Research Output

Spontaneous nasalization after glottal consonants in Thai

Johnson, S. E., Barlaz, M., Shosted, R. K. & Sutton, B. P., Jul 2019, In : Journal of Phonetics. 75, p. 57-72 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Oropharygneal articulation of phonemic and phonetic nasalization in Brazilian Portuguese

    Barlaz, M., Shosted, R., Fu, M. & Sutton, B., Nov 2018, In : Journal of Phonetics. 71, p. 81-97 17 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Arabic pharyngeal and emphatic consonants

    Shosted, R. K., Fu, M. & Hermes, Z., Jan 1 2017, The Routledge Handbook of Arabic Linguistics. Benmamoun, E. & Bassiouney, R. (eds.). Taylor and Francis, p. 48-61 14 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • High-frame-rate full-vocal-tract 3D dynamic speech imaging

    Fu, M., Barlaz, M. S., Holtrop, J. L., Perry, J. L., Kuehn, D. P., Shosted, R. K., Liang, Z. P. & Sutton, B. P., Apr 1 2017, In : Magnetic Resonance in Medicine. 77, 4, p. 1619-1629 11 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Activities

    • 7 Invited talk

    Oro-pharyngeal characteristics of Brazilian Portuguese nasal vowels

    Ryan Keith Shosted (Invited speaker)

    Oct 11 2011

    Activity: Talk typesInvited talk

    The oral production of vowel nasality: Evidence from Hindi

    Ryan Keith Shosted (Invited speaker)

    Oct 19 2011

    Activity: Talk typesInvited talk

    Still breathing? Aerodynamics in phonetics and phonology

    Ryan Keith Shosted (Invited speaker)

    May 7 2009

    Activity: Talk typesInvited talk