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Functional Grammar in English-Japanese Translation
We use language to express our inner or outer states of beings or things. However, it is often pointed out that the structure of a given language determines the way in which the speakers of that language view the world (Wardhaugh, 1986: 212). Jakobson also acknowledges that interlingual translation involves two different codes, therefore there is no full equivalence between them (2000: 114)...
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Japanese Technical Translation a Quarter of a Century Ago
Almost a quarter of a century ago, I returned from Tokyo to San Francisco, looking for a job. I had been living in San Francisco from 1982 to 1985, then moved in 1985 with my new wife to Tokyo (the US immigration laws required her to wait for an immigrant visa in her home country). Although I could have stayed in Japan longer—I had a job there as an in-house translator for a small Japanese import company—I realized that Japan would never really feel like home to me the way California did to this immigrant from Central Europe...
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The norms and beliefs governing English-Japanese translation - A case study
According to Toury, translation is nearly always conducted within a certain cultural environment, and consequently, translators “operate first and foremost in the interest of the culture into which they are translating” (1995: 12). Culture can be defined as “the customs and beliefs, art, way of life and social organisation of a particular country or group”…
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From Tokyo to Barcelona: Translating Japanese Anime into Catalan
What is common between Japanese and Catalan – how can Japanese humor be expressed within the context of Catalan culture? This is the equation that the Catalan translators have to figure out in order for Japanese anime and manga to be enjoyed by Catalan viewers. Dr Jordi Mas López, translation studies scholar and freelance translator, shares his insights into the process…
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