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Thomas Starr-Marshall


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Personal Statement

I qualified as a Speech and Language Therapist in 2008 from City University, London. I have since taken an interest in Speech Sound Disorders (SSDs) and research. I completed my Masters project investigating the effect of audio and video recording on the phonetic transcriptions of children with SSDs in 2009. 

I have since carried out research into the use of slow motion video for phonetic transcription of children with SSDs and for learning and teaching purposes at both City and Canterbury Christ Church Universities. I have worked as a Research Associate at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children in London investigating the use of Pre-Surgical Orthopaedics with children with Cleft Lip/Palate.

I have a particular interest in teaching phonetics. I have taught phonetics at University of Westminster, University of Portsmouth, Canterbury Christ Church University and University College London. I recently attained a Post Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice and am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

I am completing a PhD in Speech and Language Therapy at University of Strathclyde. My project title is: Differentiating Inconsistency in Phonological Planning and Motor Planning Deficits Using Acoustic and Kinematic Measures.


Research Interests

Differentiating Inconsistency in Phonological Planning and Motor Planning Deficits Using Acoustic and Kinematic Measures.

This study proposes to investigate token-to-token inconsistency in children's speech using a gestural phonological approach with a view to understanding how to differentially diagnose the symptomatically overlapping subtypes of Inconsistent Phonological Disorder (IPD) and Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS), which are both typified by high token-to-token inconsistency (Dodd, 2005). The project will explore inconsistency in relation to a range of phonological theories that may challenge the traditional modular separation of phonetics and phonology e.g. fuzzy logic model (Massaro, 1989), motor theory (Liberman, Harris, Hoffman & Griffith, 1957), exemplar theory (Johnson, 2005) etc.

Education/Academic qualification

Master of Science, City University

Bachelor of Arts, Goldsmiths College

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Current issues in the teaching of clinical phonetics

Claire Timmins (Contributor), Rachael-Anne Knight (Speaker), Jill Titterington (Speaker), Sally Bates (Speaker), Tom Starr-Marshall (Speaker)
23 Oct 201825 Oct 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation