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Ryan Keith Shosted

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Contact Information

University of Illinois
Dept. of Linguistics, MC-168
707 South Mathews Avenue
Urbana, IL 61801
Office: 4040 Foreign Languages Bldg.



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

Associate Director, School of Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics
Professor, Linguistics
Professor, Spanish and Portuguese
Professor, American Indian Studies Program
Professor, Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology
Professor, Lemann Center for Brazilian Studies
Professor, Center for African Studies
Professor, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies

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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