HIDESHI OHNO

Last Updated :2024/05/07

Affiliations, Positions
Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Professor
E-mail
hideshi-ohnohiroshima-u.ac.jp
Self-introduction
I am interested in the language of Geoffrey Chaucer, a fourteenth-century English poet. On the basis of the historical change of the English language, I consider how his usage of vocabulary and syntax can be interpreted in the middle of the transition.

Basic Information

Academic Degrees

  • Hiroshima University
  • Hiroshima University

Educational Activity

  • [Bachelor Degree Program] School of Education : Language and Culture Education : Secondary School English Language Education
  • [Bachelor Degree Program] School of Letters : Humane Studies : British, American, and European Languages and Literatures, and Linguistics
  • [Master's Program] Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences : Division of Humanities and Social Sciences : Humanities Program
  • [Doctoral Program] Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences : Division of Humanities and Social Sciences : Humanities Program

In Charge of Primary Major Programs

  • European and American Literature and Languages/Linguistics

Research Fields

  • Humanities;Literature;Literature in English

Research Keywords

  • History of English Language and Chaucer's Langauge

Affiliated Academic Societies

  • The English Literary Society of Japan
  • The Japan Society for Medieval English Studies
  • The New Chaucer Society
  • The Japanese Association for Studies in the History of the English Language
  • Modern English Association
  • The English Research Association of Hiroshima
  • West Branch of The Japan Society for Medieval English Studies
  • The Regional Branch of the Chugoku and Shikoku District, The English Literary Society of Japan
  • The English Literary Association of Hiroshima University
  • English Literary Society of Okayama

Educational Activity

Course in Charge

  1. 2024, Graduate Education (Master's Program) , First Semester, Special Research
  2. 2024, Graduate Education (Master's Program) , Second Semester, Special Research

Research Activities

Academic Papers

  1. The Absolute Infinitive in Middle English: With Special Reference to Chaucer, The Absolute Infinitive: From Historical and Stylistic Perspectives, 31-53, 20240309
  2. ★, Variations in the Use of listen among the Earliest Manuscript and Printed Editions of The Canterbury Tales, Studies in Modern English, 39, 23-38, 20230701
  3. ★, The Use of ouen in Fifteenth-Century Printed Editions of The Canterbury Tales, Hiroshima Studies in English Language and Literature, 66, 1-20, 20220330
  4. ★, Variation in the Use of "Think" in "The Summoner's Tale," Line 2204., Chaucer's Language: Cognitive Perspectives, 79-98, 2013
  5. ★, "I preye/biseche (yow/thee)" in the Late Fourteenth Century: With Special Reference to Chaucer, Language and Style in English Literature, 45-57, 2016
  6. ★, Personal and Impersonal Uses of "Meten" and "Dremen" in Chaucer, Hiroshima Studies in English Language and Literature, 43, 1-15, 2009
  7. Variation between Personal and Impersonal Constructions in Geoffrey Chaucer, 2010
  8. "The Absolute Infinitive in Chaucer: With Special Reference to Parenthetical Use of Seien, Speken, and Tellen", The bulletin of Kurashiki University of Science and the Arts, 131-146, 201503
  9. ★, "Ouen" in "The Tale of Melibee", Kotoba de Hirogaru Tise to Kansei no Sekai. Ed. Y. Yanase and T. Nishihara. Hiroshima: Keisuisha., 23-31, 201605
  10. “Beidler, Peter G., Chaucer’s Canterbury Comedies: Origins and Originality (Seattle, Washington: Coffeetown Press, 2011) 308 pp.”, Studies in Medieval English Language and Literature, 107-119, 201603
  11. The Use of Liken in Chaucer, ERA, 13, 1-20, 1995
  12. ★, The Use of Impersonal Verbs in Chaucer: With Special Reference to PLEASE/DESIRE Class, Hiroshima Studies in English Language and Literature, 40, 47-58, 1996
  13. The Impersonal Verbs in Troilus and Criseyde: The Verbs Denoting 'Obligation' and 'Necessity'', ERA, 14, 1-15, 1996
  14. I preye (yow/thee) in the late 14th century, Hiroshima Studies in English Language and Literature, 51, 1-14, 2007
  15. Notes on the Use of the First Person Pronouns in Troilus and Criseyde, Phoenix, 42, 14-28, 1994
  16. Notes on the Use of Remembren in Chaucer, The bulletin of Kurashiki University of Science and the Arts, 3, 297-305, 1998
  17. On Variant Readings of Liken and Listen/Lusten in the Canterbury Tales, Originality and Adventure: Essays on English Language and Literature in Honour of Masahiko Kanno, 55-70, 2001
  18. Chaucer's Corage and Herte: Mainly from the viewpoint of the collocations, 123-136, 2003
  19. Lexicological Multiplicity in Chaucer: With Special Reference to Words Related to 'Heart', English Philology and Stylistics, 41-52, 2004
  20. ★, Impersonal and Personal Uses of Ouen in Chaucer, Language and Beyond, 353-366, 2004
  21. ★, The Impersonal and Personal Constructions in the Language of Chaucer, Aspects of the History of English Language and Literature: Collected Papers Read at SHELL 2009, Hiroshima, 111-126, 2010
  22. Roman Kopytko, Polite Discourse in Shakespeare's English. (Poznań: Adam Mickiewicz University Press, 1993) 122 pp., Hiroshima Studies in English Language and Literature, 39, 76-79, 1995
  23. Simon Horobin, The Language of the Chaucer Tradition. (Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 2003) 179 pp., Hiroshima Studies in English Language and Literature, 49, 65-69, 2005
  24. Simon Horobin, Chaucer's Language (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007) 198 pp., Studies in Medieval English Language and Literature,, 24, 101-108, 2009
  25. David Crystal, Evolving English: One Language, Many Voices: An Illustrated History of the English Language (London: British Library, 2010) 159 pp, Studies in Medieval English Language and Literature, 27, 89-96, 2012
  26. ★, Emotional Expression in Chaucer: With Special Reference to "herte", Hiroshima Studies in English Language and Literature, 61, 69-84, 201703
  27. Textual Variations and Readings among the Manuscripts and Editions of The Canterbury Tales: With Special Reference to The Knight's Tale, Hiroshima Studies in English Language and Literature, 62, 1-13, 201803
  28. ★, On the use of "lief" in Chaucer, The Pleasure of English Language and Literature, 261-275, 201812

Publications such as books

  1. 2024/03/09, The Absolute Infinitive: From Historical and Stylistic Perspectives, Kaitakusha, 2024, 03, Scholarly Book, Editor, 英語, Hideshi Ohno, Hiroji Fukumoto, Akemi Sasaki, and Miyuki Nishio, 978-4-7589-2399-6, 121
  2. 2015/04, ★Variation between Personal and Impersonal Constructions in Geoffrey Chaucer: A Stylistic Approach, Chaucer, impersonal construction, variation, University Education Press, 2015, 4, Scholarly Book, Single work, English, 978-4864293372, 199
  3. 2018/12, The Pleasure of English Language and Literature, Keisuisha, 2018, 12, Scholarly Book, Cocompilation, English, Editors: Hideshi Ohno, Kazuho Mizuno, and Osamu Imahayashi, 978-4-86327-462-4, 400

Invited Lecture, Oral Presentation, Poster Presentation

  1. Variations in Impersonal Constructions in Early Editions of the Canterbury Tales, Hideshi Ohno, The 2023 Hiroshima International Conference: In sondry ages and sondry londes: Global Chaucer in the XXIst Century, 2023/08/07, Without Invitation, English, The English Research Association of Hiroshima & The New Chaucer Society, Hiroshima, Symposium: "Problems in Manuscripts and Early Editions of the Canterbury Tales""
  2. An attempt to identify textual ghosts of the 15th-century Canterbury Tales editions: With special reference to impersonal verbs, Hideshi Ohno, 22nd Biennial New Chaucer Society Congress, 2022/07/11, Without Invitation, English, New Chaucer Society, Durham, UK
  3. An attempt to identify textual ghosts of the 15th-century Canterbury Tales editions: With special reference to impersonal verbs, Hideshi Ohno, The Monthly Meeting of the English Research Association of Hiroshima, 2022/01/08, Without Invitation, Japanese, The English Research Association of Hiroshima, online through zoom
  4. The Use of ouen in the 15th-century Printed Editions of The Canterbury Tales, Montly Meeting of the English Research Association of Hiroshima, May 2021, 2021/05/15, Without Invitation, Japanese, The English Research Association of Hiroshima, Online
  5. Transcribing and Printing as Editorial Interpretations: A Comparative Case Study on the Canterbury Tales, Hideshi Ohno, Akiyuki Jimura, Yoshiyuki Nakao, The 35th Congress of the Japan Society for Medieval English Studies, 2019/11/30, Without Invitation, English, The Japan Society for Medieval English Studies, Tokyo
  6. Transcribing and Printing as Editorial Interpretations: A Comparative Case Study on The Canterbury Tales, Hideshi Ohno, Yoshiyuki Nakao, and Akiyuki Jimura, Monthly Meeting of English Research Association of Hiroshima, November 2019, 2019/11/16, Without Invitation, English, English Research Association of Hiroshima, Hiroshima City
  7. Variations in Use of listen among the Earliest Manuscripts and Printed Editions of The Canterbury Tales, Hideshi Ohno, International Medieval Congress Leeds 2019, 2019/07/02, Without Invitation, English, International Medieval Congress Leeds 2019 Committee, Leeds, UK, In the age of Chaucer, listen, a verb of pleasing and liking, appeared with a dative subject (in the impersonal construction), as well as with a nominative one (in the personal construction), and more frequently in the former construction, in the works of Chaucer and his contemporaries such as Gower and Langland. The purpose of this presentation is to consider any variations in the use of the verb in the fifteenth-century printed editions of The Canterbury Tales. During this century, the work appeared not only in more than 80 manuscripts but also in some printed editions such as Caxton’s, Pynson’s, and de Worde’s, in which the compositors and/or printers may have used their own language system. Also within the century, many impersonal verbs reached the final stage of the transition to the personal construction, although the impersonal use of listen remained until the nineteenth century, as Elmer (1981) points out. Thus, many quantitative approaches have so far shown a general tendency of the convergence of the two constructions, but detailed processes of the transition of one verb have not been closely surveyed from a synchronic perspective. The transition could be affected by some grammatical and pragmatic elements, such as the person of the subject and the type of clause. Treating the same contexts in the earliest manuscripts, the Hengwrt and Ellesmere, and the printed editions, this presentation attempts to discuss how the impersonal use of listen in the manuscripts was dealt with in the editions.
  8. Report of the International Conference: "Variation among Manuscripts and Editions of the Canterbury Tales: With Special Reference to the Use of Personal and Impersonal Constructions" (The New Chaucer Society), Hideshi Ohno, The 59th Summer Seminar of the English Research Association of Hiroshima, 2018/08/08, Without Invitation, Japanese, The English Research Association of Hiroshima, Hiroshima
  9. Variation among Manuscripts and Editions of the Canterbury Tales: With Special Reference to the Use of Personal and Impersonal Constructions, Hideshi Ohno, The Twenty-First Biennial International Congress of the New Chaucer Society, 2018/07/11, Without Invitation, English, The New Chaucer Society, Toronto
  10. The Use of 'lef' in Chaucer, Hideshi Ohno, Hiroshima Seminar on Historical English Syntax, 2016/12, Without Invitation, English, English Research Association of Hiroshima, Hiroshima, The aim of the presentation is to describe the use of 'lef' in Chaucer with comparisons with synonymous verbs in his works or with his contemporaries.
  11. The Manuscripts and Editions of "The Canterbury Tales": Textual Variations and Readings, The 20th Congress of the New Chaucer Society, 2016/07, Without Invitation, English, London
  12. "Le Livre de Mellibee et Prudence" and "The Tale of Melibee", Hideshi Ohno, The 88th Congress of the English Literary Society of Japan, 2016/05, Without Invitation, Japanese
  13. Emotional Expressions with Special Reference to "Herte", Hideshi Ohno, The 68th Congress of The Regional Branch of the Chugoku and Shikoku District, the English Literary Society of Japan, 2015, Without Invitation, Japanese
  14. The Absolute Infinitive in Late Middle English: With Special Reference to Chaucer, Hideshi Ohno, 2014, Without Invitation, Japanese, Hiroshima
  15. The Impersonal and Personal Constructions in the Language of Chaucer, Hideshi Ohno, The 3rd International Conference of the Society of Historical English Language and Linguistics, 2009, Without Invitation, English, Hiroshima
  16. Personal and Impersonal Uses of Meten and Dremen in Chaucer, Hideshi Ohno, 1998, Without Invitation, Japanese
  17. The Use of Impersonal Verbs in Chaucer: With Special Reference to PLEASE / DESIRE Class, Hideshi Ohno, 1995, Without Invitation, Japanese, Yamaguchi Univ.

External Funds

Acceptance Results of Competitive Funds

  1. KAKENHI(Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (C)), An analysis of the impersonal construction by digitizing and comparing the 16th-century printed editions of The Canterbury Tales, 2022/04, 2026/03

Social Activities

Organizing Academic Conferences, etc.

  1. The 25th Congress of The Japanese Association for Studies in the History of the English Language, 2015/, 2015/
  2. Hiroshima Seminar on English Historical Syntax, Vice-chairperson, 2016/12, 2016/12
  3. English Research Association of Hiroshima, vice-chairperson, 2016/04
  4. Lectures and Workshops in English Phonetics by Dr Geoff Lindsey, vice-chairperson, 2017/10, 2017/10
  5. English Pronunciation Workshop by Dr Geoff Lindsey, organizer, 2018/03, 2018/03

History as Peer Reviews of Academic Papers

  1. 2022, Studies in the History of the English Language, Editor, Series editor, 8
  2. 2021, ERA, Editor, editor, 3
  3. 2020, Hiroshima Studies in English Language and Literature, Editor, editor, 1
  4. 2016, ERA, Editor, editor, 2
  5. 2017, ERA, Editor, editor, 2
  6. 2018, ERA, Editor, editor, 2
  7. 2016, Hiroshima Studies in English Language and Literature, Editor, editor, 2
  8. 2017, Hiroshima Studies in English Language and Literature, Editor, editor, 2