Shoko Hamano

Shoko Hamano headshot
Department Chair
Professor of Japanese and International Affairs
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Areas of Expertise

Sound symbolism; Japanese linguistics; Japanese language pedagogy.

Linguistics Society of America

Association of Teachers of Japanese


MA and PhD, University of Florida


“Monosyllabic and disyllabic roots in the diachronic development of mimetic expressions in Japanese” Iconicity and Language and Literature 16: Ideophones, Mimetics and Expressives, Kimi Akita and Prashant Pardeshi (eds.), Pp. 57-75. Philadelphia: John Benjamins. (ISSN 1873-5037). (2019)

“Nihon-rettoo no onomatope-kenkyuu-ni mukete [Toward the study of mimetic expressions in the Japanese Archipelago]. Kansei no Hogengaku [Dialectology of Expressive Expressions], ed by Takashi Kobayashi, pp. 3-22. Tokyo: Hitsuji Shobo. (2018)

“Suku-suku-to kusu-kusu-wa dooshite imi-ga chigau-no? [Why suku-suku and kusu-kusu mean different things?], Onomatope no Nazo [Mysteries of Sound-Symbolism], Pp. 9-28. Ed. by Haruo Kubozono. Tokyo: Iwanami. (2017)

“A corpus-based semantic analysis of Japanese mimetic verbs” with Takashi Sugahara, Iconicity: East Meets West, Hiraga, Masako K., William J. Herlofsky, Kazuko Shinohara and Kimi Akita (eds.), Pp. 143-160. Philadelphia: John Benjamins. (ISBN978-90-272-4350-8) (2015)

日本語のオノマトペ:音象徴と構造 [Onomatopeia in Japanese: Sound Symbolism and Structure]. Tokyo: Kurosio (2014)

Intermediate Japanese: A Grammar and Workbook with Takae Tsujioka. New York: Routledge (2012)

Basic Japanese: A Grammar and Workbook with Takae Tsujioka. New York: Routledge (2010)

"Sound symbolism in northern dialects of Japanese: Its implications for historical Linguistics" Current Issues in the History and Structure of Japanese, ed by Bjarke Frellesvig. Pp. 171-185. Tokyo: Kuroshio (2008).

"Accent and sound symbolism in Japanese. Japanese/Korean Linguistics 14, ed. by T. Vance. Pp. 3-14. Stanford: CSLI (2007).

"Linguistics and language pedagogy: What to know and how to teach", Nihongogaku-no Shosô [Aspects of Japanese Linguistics], ed. by Kuno, Susumu, Seiichi Makino, and Susan Strauss. Pp. 265-283. Tokyo: Kuroshio (2007).

"A window into the syntax of Control: Event opacity in Japanese and English" with Stanley Dubinsky, University of Maryland Working Papers in Linguistics 15 (2006).

"Making Japanese grammar accessible." Recent Developments in Language Education, ed. by Osamu Kamada, et al. Pp. 139-152. Tokyo: Hitsuji Shobo (2005).

Making Sense of Japanese Grammar: A Clear Guide Through Common Problems with Zeljko Cipris. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press (2002).

"Voicing of Obstruents in Old Japanese: Evidence from the Sound-Symbolic Stratum"Journal of East Asian Linguistics 9, 207-225 (2000).

The Sound Symbolic System of Japanese. Stanford: CSLI (1998). 

"Palatalization in Japanese Sound Symbolism" in Sound Symbolism, ed. by Leanne Hinton. Cambridge University Press (1994).

Visualizing Japanese Grammar with Wakana Kikuchi. This site provides a collection of 66 flash animations and 12 downloadable PowerPoint shows illustrating basic concepts and patterns in Japanese grammar.