Shoko Hamano

Shoko Hamano

Professor of Japanese and International Affairs
Rome Hall 452
Phone: 202-994-7107
[email protected]

Areas of Expertise

Anthropological linguistics, syntax, phonology, foreign language teaching.

Affiliated Faculty, Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures and Director of GW Language Center.

Dr. Hamano is a linguist specializing in the Japanese language and in language pedagogy.

Current Research

Dr. Hamano is engaged in an online Japanese grammar project. Her recent research has been on northern dialects of Japanese.


To see Dr. Hamano's CV, click here.

Ph.D. 1986 (Anthropological Linguistics), University of Florida
M.A., University of Florida



2012  Tsujioka, T. and S. Hamano. Intermediate Japanese: Grammar and Workbook. London and New York: Routledge.

2010  Hamano, S. and T. Tsujioka. Basic Japanese: Grammar and Workbook. London and New York: Routledge.

2002  Cipris, Z., and S. Hamano. Making Sense of Japanese Grammar: A Clear Guide through Common Problems. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press.

1998  Hamano, S. The Sound-Symbolic System of Japanese. Studies in Japanese Linguistics, vol. 10. Stanford: Center for the Study of Language and Information.

Articles, Book Chapters, and Online Resources

n.d.  Hamano, S. Visualizing Japanese Grammar — Available here.

2008  Hamano, S. "Sound symbolism in northern dialects of Japanese: Its implications for historical linguistics." In B. Frellesvig, ed., Current Issues in the History and Structure of Japanese, p. 171-185. Tokyo: Kuroshio.

2007  Hamano, S., and S. Dubinsky. "A window into the syntax of control: Event opacity in Japanese and English." University of Maryland Working Papers in Linguistics, no. 15. College Park, MD: University of Maryland Dept. of Linguistics.

Classes Taught

Anth 3709 (old 179)/Japn 162: Japanese Culture through Film
Japn 1001 (001): Beginning Japanese I
Japn 1002 (002): Beginning Japanese II
Japn 1003 (003): Intermediate Japanese
Japn 1004 (004): Intermediate Japanese
Japn 1005 (105): Advanced Japanese I
Japn 1006 (106): Advanced Japanese II
Japn 4108 (108): Readings in Modern Japanese
Japn 4121 (121): Advanced Conversation and Composition I