I have a BA (Hons) degree in Modern Languages (French and Russian) from the University of Cambridge, where I went on to attain an MPhil in Linguistics before being awarded an EPSRC research studentship leading to a PhD in Phonetics at University College London.
I first joined the Speech Pathology programme team at MMU (Manchester Polytechnic as it then was) in 1989, and has taught Phonetics to Speech and Language Therapists since then.
My teaching experience includes a ten-year appointment at the University of Manchester before rejoining MMU in 2004.
I currently primarily teach Phonetics at Level 5 (Foundations of Communication 2) to students on the BSc (Hons) Speech Pathology & Therapy and the BSc (Hons) Psychology & Speech Pathology programmes. The subject areas covered include the auditory analysis and transcription of speech, variation between accents of English, intonation and prosody, and the acoustic and instrumental analysis of sounds of English.
I have acted as External Examiner on Speech and Language Therapy degree programmes at University College London and Leeds Metropolitan University, and has just completed an appointment at Cardiff Metropolitan University.
My research interests are in the areas of phonetics and phonology, in particular the acoustic and instrumental analysis of speech production. I was awarded her PhD (University of London, 2003) on the Temporal Correlates of the Voicing Contrast in Russian, which investigated cross-linguistic variation in the production and perception of this phonological contrast, and involved the collection of acoustic, laryngographic and speech perception data at the Moscow State Linguistic University.
My research interests include phonetic transcription, and I was a participant of the Phonetics Transcription Workshops based at the University of Leeds.
She is a member of the British Asssociation of Clinical Linguists and the British Association of Academic Phoneticians.
I has been involved in Linguistics in Education, and was a representative for the Linguistics Association of Great Britain on the Committee for Linguistics in Education (2000-2006), a commitee set up by those with a professional interest in linguistics and in education to explore ways in which linguistics might contribute towards the school curriculum. This work involved commenting on National Literacy Strategy materials, and responding to government consultations on education initiatives. Her work for this focussed on accent variation and phonics (Barry, S.M.E. (2006). Accents and Phonics: How can linguists help? ftp://ftp.phon.ucl.ac.uk/pub/Word-Grammar/ec/barry.pdf at: LAGB 2006 Linguistics in Education, Newcastle, UK.
I am currently on the organising committee of the United Kingdom Linguistics Olympiad http://www.uklo.org/, as a question compiler and designer of the competition papers taken by secondary school students throughout the UK each year. In July 2013, I was one of the local organisers of the 11th International Linguistics Olympiad http://www.ioling.org/ held in Manchester.