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Ryan K. Shosted


Primary Affiliation

Illinois Language and Literacy Initiative


Status Affiliate Faculty

Home Department of Linguistics

Phone 244-1508



  • Biography

    Ryan K. Shosted is a professor in the Department of Linguistics. His primary affiliation is Illinois Language and Literacy Initiative. As part of his commitment to public engagement, Prof. Shosted has since 2008 accompanied the local Q'anjob'al (Maya) community of Champaign-Urbana in publishing Mayan-language literacy materials and educating the non-Maya community about the Q'anjob'al language. Prof. Shosted has taught throughout the curriculum in Linguistics, including phonetics and phonology, as well as field methods, quantitative methods, Hittite, and introduction to linguistic science. He is the host of the giga-hit It's the LING 100 Show, which completed its fifth season in Fall 2021.


    • B.A., linguistics, Brigham Young University, 2000

    • M.A., California, 2003

    • Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 2006

  • Research

    Research Interests:

    • Phonetics

    • Phonology

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    • Hittite and cuneiform

    • Q'anjob'al (Maya)

    Professor 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. 

  • 2012

    • Shosted, R.; Carignan, C.; Rong, P. Y., Managing the Distinctiveness of Phonemic Nasal Vowels: Articulatory Evidence from Hindi. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 2012, 131, (1), 455-465. <>
    • Shosted, Ryan, José Ignacio Hualde, and Daniel Scarpace. 2012. Palatal complexity revisited: An electropalatographic analysis of /ɲ/ in Brazilian Portuguese with comparison to Peninsular Spanish. Language and Speech 55 (4): 477-502. <>
    • Shosted, Ryan, Maojing Fu, Abbas Benmamoun, Zhi-Pei Liang, and Bradley P. Sutton. 2012. Using partially separable functions to image spatiotemporal aspects of Arabic pharyngealization. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 132 (3): 2091. <>


    • Carignan, Christopher, Ryan Shosted, Chilin Shih, and Panying Rong. 2011. Compensatory articulation in American English nasalized vowels. Journal of Phonetics 39: 668-682. <>
    • Shosted, Ryan and Sharon Rose. 2011. Affricating ejective fricatives: The case of Tigrinya. Journal of the International Phonetic Association 41(1): 41-65. <>
    • Shosted, Ryan. 2011. An articulatory-aerodynamic approach to stop excrescence. Journal of Phonetics 39: 660-667. <>


    • Loucks, T. M. J.; Shosted, R. K.; De Nil, L. F.; Poletto, C. J.; King, A., Coordinating Voicing Onset with Articulation: A Potential Role for Sensory Cues in Shaping Phonological Distinctions. Phonetica 2010, 67, (1-2), 47-62.
    • Shosted, Ryan and José Ignacio Hualde. 2010. The production and provenance of Spanish and Portuguese palatal nasals. In S. Colina, A. Olarrea, and A. Carvalho (eds.), Romance Linguistics 2009: Selected Papers from the 39th Linguistic Symposium on Romance Languages (LSRL), 43–62. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.