Shoko Hamano

Shoko Hamano

Department Chair Professor of Japanese and International Affairs
Address: Rome Hall
Phone: 202-994-7107
[email protected]

Areas of Expertise

Sound symbolism; Japanese linguistics; Japanese language pedagogy.

Linguistics Society of America

Association of Teachers of Japanese

Full CV available.


MA and PhD, University of Florida


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.