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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

Dr 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
    Competitive Research Funding Scheme, 2014-2016, Academy of Korean Studies, Project Director: Professor Amalia Arvaniti (University of Kent), Co-Researcher: Hae-Sung Jeon
  • 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.
  • Project title: The Phonetic Realization and Communicative Functions of Epenthetic Consonants in Korean
    Competitive Research Funding Scheme, 2017-2018, Academy of Korean Studies
  • Project description: The aim of the project is to investigate the phonetic realisations and communicative functions of the ‘s’-insertion in Korean speech. There has been an ongoing debate on the nature of the ‘s’-insertion which occurs frequently in compound words in Korean. In speech production and perception experiments, the conditioning factors of the 's'-insertion and its role in listeners’ word boundary detection are explored.”

Dr Sojin Lim

Academy of Korean Studies (AKS)
Dr Sojin Lim received two grants from the Academy of Korean Studies (AKS) in 2018.

Competitive Research Funding

  • Project Title: North Korea and the United Nations: Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the Context of Fragile State
  • Project Description: This research project aims to provide an underpinning study in this discourse for the future development of North Korea, by focusing on SDGs and North Korea in the context of fragile state development. While there is an increase interest by the international development community on how to engage more fragile states into SDGs processes, North Korea has been one of the most challenging cases. Nevertheless, there has been very limited academic research conducted in this context, especially with a case of North Korea. With this in mind, the research will expand the theoretical discussion on fragile states and SDGs, and examine how to reflect it into the process of mapping the best cases and failed cases of UN approaches in fragile situations. It expected that the findings and implications from this will make a prominent contribution to both academic discourse and to international development policy and practice in the context of SDGs and fragile states.
  • Grant Amount: GBP 9,676

Conference and Workshop Support

  • Project Title: International Workshop on the Landscape of Taiwan Studies and Korean Studies
  •  Project Description: AKS grant partially supported the aformentioned workshop, and the participants will produce three publications as a result of the workshop – (1) BRILL Edited Volume (to be published in 2020), (2) North Korean Review Special Issue (to be published in Spring, 2019), and (3) International Journal of Taiwan Studies Special Issue (to be published in Spring 2020).
  • Grant Amount: GBP 9,727

Korea Foundation (KF)
Dr Sojin Lim is a recipient of the Korea Foundation academic employment support for 2018/19 academic year.

  • Project Title: KF Employment of Contract Faculty Member
  • Project Description: This grant has contributed to the rapid expanding environment of Korean Studies at UCLan by bringing a prominent academic faculty member in Korean Studies in Social Sciences at the IKSU.
  • Grant Amount: GBP 17,775”