One J-E Translator's Jamais Vu Experiences in Translation


Oct 22, 2023 @ 5:29 AM

Confronting Japanese as a learner and especially as a translator has continually compelled me to come to terms with the grammar not only of Japanese, but of my native English also. This has sometimes given me "reverse déjà vu" experiences where a many-times seen aspect of either language suddenly seems unfamiliar, never seen (jamais vu). My talk will take a comparative look at some there-but-often-not-seen aspects of English and Japanese that, I hope, will provide a helpful insight or two for translation.