Department of Linguistics University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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Dr. Ryan Keith Shosted

Associate Professor of Linguistics
Associate Professor of Center for African Studies
Affiliated Faculty of Latin American and Caribbean Studies
Associate Professor of Spanish and Portuguese
Associate Professor of Beckman Institute

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    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 Interests

Articulatory Phonetics, Acoustic Phonetics, Language Documentation


  • Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley (2006)
  • M.A., University of California, Berkeley (2003)
  • B.A., Brigham Young University (2000)

Current Projects

  • Q'anjob'al Language Documentation
  • Spatiotemporal Aspects of Arabic Pharyngealization using Real-Time Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Publications

    Books Edited

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

    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 131.1 (2012): 455-46.
    • Shosted, Ryan, Ignacio Hualde, and Daniel Scarpace. "Palatal complexity revisited: An electropalatographic analysis of /ɲ/ in Brazilian Portuguese with comparison to Peninsular Spanish. ." Language and Speech 55.4 (2012): 477-502.
    • "An articulatory–aerodynamic approach to stop excrescence." Journal of Phonetics (2011): 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 39 (2011): 668–682.
    • Shosted, Ryan K., and Sharon Rose. "Affricating ejective fricatives: The case of Tigrinya." Journal of the International Phonetic Association 41.1 (2011): 41-65.
    • Shosted, Ryan K., Torrey M. Loucks, Luc F. De Nil, Christopher J. Poletto, and Annie King. "Coordinating vocalization onset with articulation: A potential role for sensory cues." Phonetica 67.1-2 (2010): 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. 80-113.
    • Shosted, Ryan. "Articulatory and acoustic characteristics of fricatives in Changana." Selected Proceedings of the 40th Annual Conference on African Linguistics. Comp. E.G. Bokamba, R. K. Shosted, and B. T. Ayalew. Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Proceedings Project, 2011. 119–129.
    • Shosted, Ryan K. "Towards a glottalic theory of Mayan." New Perspectives in Mayan Linguistics. Comp. 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. Comp. S. Colina, A. Olarrea, and A. Carvalho. Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 2010. 43-62.