RKS Prof. Ryan Shosted is an experimental phonetician and phonologist at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 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. His research group has made remarkable advances using ultra-fast magnetic resonance imaging to study speech. 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.

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.

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Recently presented

Shosted, R. K. 2022. "𐐂𐑉 𐑄𐐩𐑉 𐑅𐐨𐐼𐑆 𐐱𐑂 𐑄 𐐿𐐫𐑉𐐼-𐐿𐐪𐑉𐐼 𐑋𐐲𐑉𐐾𐐲𐑉 𐐮𐑌 𐐔𐐯𐑅𐐨𐑉𐐯𐐻 𐐈𐑊𐑁𐐰𐐺𐐯𐐻 𐐻𐐯𐐿𐑅𐐻𐑅?". Linguistics Department Colloquium, University of Utah (2022).

Recently published

Scientific Reports 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): 1239.

SAL10 Hermes, Z., Barlaz, M., Shosted, R., Liang, Z.-P., Sutton, B. P. (2021). Articulatory and acoustic correlates of pharyngealization and pharyngealization spread in Cairene Arabic: A real-time magnetic resonance imaging study. In D. Ntelitheos and T. Tsz-Cheung Leung (eds.), Experimental Arabic Linguistics, pp. 24-55.

JASA Xing, F., Jin, R., Gilbert, I. R., Perry, J. L., Sutton, B. P., Liu, X., El Fakhri, G., Shosted, R. K., Woo, J. (2021). 4D magnetic resonance imaging atlas construction using temporally aligned audio waveforms in speech. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 150: 3500-3508.

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