International Institute of Korean Studies


  • IKSU staff have been awarded competitive research grants for a variety of projects on the politics, economics, society, culture and language of the two Koreas.

Dr. Hae-sung Jeon

Professor Hae Sung Jeon is in receipt of a grant from the Academy of Korean Studies (AKS) in Seoul, Republic of Korea, as a co-researcher with Professor Amalia Arvaniti (University of Kent).

Project title: An Experimental Investigation of Prominence and Rhythm in Korean (2014-2016)

Project description: Speech rhythm is a poorly understood phenomenon that has been investigated largely on the basis of a small set of closely related European languages. Despite its elusive nature, rhythm is considered essential for language acquisition, speech production and language processing. Korean is a good test case as it is typologically unusual: it has neither stress (as in, for example, English), nor pitch accent (as in Japanese) phenomena that are said to be essential for the creation of rhythm. The researchers are conducting a series of speech perception experiments investigating a potential bias in Korean speakers’ rhythmic grouping and the role of rhythmic grouping in speech processing. The results will shed light on the nature of speech rhythm by providing an understanding of how rhythm works in a language that has proved so far impossible to classify.

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Professor Hazel Smith

Professor Hazel Smith was awarded an internationally competitive POSCO fellowship to be held at the East-West Center, Hawaii in Summer 2015 to research the subject of Nutrition and health in North Korea: What’s new and what’s changed?

Project title: Korea Foundation Visiting Professor 2016/ 2017

Professor Smith was awarded funding for a one year visiting professor in Korean Studies at UCLan by the Korea Foundation through an internationally competitive funding process. The Korea Foundation professor will be a South Korean academic who will engage in teaching of the social science aspects of the Korean studies degrees at UCLan, working closely with existing UCLan academics. This award will help in the continued expansion and consolidation of IKSU research and teaching collaboration with South Korea.

Professor Smith with Seoul National University colleagues, Seoul 2015

Professor Smith with Seoul National University colleagues, Seoul 2015