Professor Emerita of Japanese and International Affairs
Professor Shoko Hamano received her Ph.D. in Anthropological Linguistics in 1986 from the University of Florida. She teaches lower and intermediate level Japanese language courses. Dr. Hamano received GW's Trachtenberg Prize for Teaching in 2004. She is currently the Director of the Language Center.
Her written work includes: The Sound-Symbolic System of Japanese (CSLI, 1998); "Voicing of Obstruents in Old Japanese" in the Journal of East Asian Linguistics (2000); Making Sense of Japanese Grammar (University of Hawaii Press, 2002); and Basic Japanese: A Grammar and Workbook (Routledge, 2010). Dr. Hamano is currently involved in an online Japanese grammar project.