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IKSU COLLOQUIA



  • The IKSU Colloquia is organized by Dr. Hae-sung Jeon and provides a forum for current research on Korean language and culture, with invited speakers from the UK and beyond.

The first colloquium was held in February 2015, featuring Professor Jae Hoon Yoon from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), who has authored numerous books and articles on Korean morpho-syntax and language learning and teaching. At this inaugural session of the IKSU Colloquia, Professor Yeon provided an overview of the Korean language and the native Korean alphabet, Hangul.

 

 

The second Colloquium was held in April 2015, with lectures from Dr. Yuni Kim, a specialist in phonology and linguistic theory from the University of Manchester, and from Xi Chen, our associate lecturer in Korean language. Further sessions are currently being planned for the 2015/2016 academic year. 

IKSU Colloquium jointly with Preston Linguistic Circle - 10th November 
The role of prosodic context in word segmentation: a word spotting experiment in Korean

DR. HAE-SUNG JEON – Lecturer in Korean Studies, School of Language and Global Studies, UCLan

In this talk, Dr. Jeon will discuss word recognition process with experimental findings in relation to the prosodic structure and the role of regularity in speech. Speech is a continuous signal and the boundaries between words are not always clearly marked with silence. Therefore, segmenting and recognising words in running speech is a very challenging task for listeners in speech comprehension. The focus of Dr Jeon’s study is on how prosodic regularity and the unit-final lengthening in speech can facilitate listeners’ word segmentation in Korean.

JeYoung Jung

IKSU COLLOQUIUM – 8 MARCH 2016
THE BILINGUAL BRAIN:NEURAL REPRESENTATIOANS OF AUDITORY WORD PROCESSING IN KOREAN-ENGLISH LATE-ONSET BILINGUALS

DR. JEYOUNG JUNG – Research Associate in Neuroscience and Aphasia Research Unit, School of Psychology, University of Manchester

Dr Jung’s talk will focus on the research area of the neuropsychology of human higher cognitive functions, such as language and cognitive control for healthy and psychiatric populations. Dr. Jung discusses how bilingualism influences brain structure and function - with a focus on Korean-English bilinguals with medium proficiency. Dr. Jung shows that, due to the public English curriculum in South Korea emphasizing reading based on grammar-translation methodology, the outcome is unbalanced English skills, which lead to specific structural and functional changes in the brain.

 

Francis Nolan 

IKSU COLLOQUIUM – 12 JANUARY 2016
INITIAL DENASALISATION IN KOREAN

PROFESSOR FRANCIS NOLAN, Phonetics Laboratory, Dept. of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics, University of Cambridge

Professor Nolan is a professor in Phonetics and his research is in the area of phonetic theories, forensic phonetics and speech prosody across languages. This lecture provided acoustic evidence of denasalisation – which is a process where /m/ and /n/ sometimes become similar to [b] and [d], respectively in Korean. It also explored how denasalisation is perceived by speakers of Korean and other languages. The prosodic context of denasalisation is discussed in relation to on-going sound change in Korean. Professor Nolan drew on work co-authored with Kayeon Yoo.

Yuni Kim

IKSU COLLOQUIUM - 16 APRIL 2015
SPELLING KOREAN WORDS IN ENGLISH: PHONOLOGICAL PROBLEMS, PRACTICAL SOLUTIONS

YUNI KIM - Lecturer in Phonetics and Phonology, University of Manchester

Dr. Kim is a specialist in phonology and linguistic theory. Dr. Kim discussed the problems of writing Korean words in the English alphabet, due to differences in the pronunciation and accent of the two languages, and presented some advantages of the McCune-Reischauer transliteration rules.

Xi Chen 

IKSU COLLOQUIUM - 16 APRIL 2015
SPEECH ACTS ACROSS CULTURES: A STUDY ON KOREAN AND CHINESE

XI CHEN - PhD Candidate, SOAS; Associate Lecturer in Korean, UCLan

Ms. Chen’s research centres on speech acts, particularly on using proper languages to complete certain actions, such as evaluating or refusing. Ms. Chen presented data from native speakers of Korean and Chinese as well as Chinese learners of Korean to demonstrate the similarities and differences between the two cultures and the effects of these similarities and differences on learners’ performance in their target language.

Dr Charles Chang 

IKSU COLLOQUIUM - 12 FEBRUARY 2015
KOREAN AMERICANS AS PERCEPTUAL BENEFICIARIES OF EXPERIENCE WITH KOREAN

DR. CHARLES CHANG - Lecturer in language acquisition and language socialization, SOAS

Dr. Chang is a specialist in developmental phonology and phonetics. Dr. Chang presented his research, which shows that heritage speakers of Korean demonstrate, not only native-like perception of Korean, but also better-than-native perception of American English, due to their early bilingual experience.

Prof. Jae Hoon Yeon 

IKSU COLLOQUIUM - 12 FEBRUARY 2015
EVERYTHING YOU WANT TO KNOW ABOUT THE KOREAN LANGUAGE AND SCRIPT

PROFESSOR JAE HOON YEON - Professor of Korean language and linguistics, SOAS

Professor Yeon is a world leading scholar of the Korean language and author of numerous books and articles on Korean morpho-syntax and language learning and teaching. Professor Yeon provided an overview of the Korean language and the native Korean alphabet, Hangul at the inaugural session of the IKSU Colloquia.