Jim Davis (IJET-27)
James L. Davis is Professor and Director of the Technical Japanese Program in the Department of Engineering Professional Development at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. A licensed Professional Engineer, he has worked as a chemical engineer in industry, has conducted research as a Fulbright Graduate Fellow at Kyoto University, and has been teaching technical Japanese at the University of Wisconsin-Madison since 1990. Davis is ATA-certified in Japanese-into-English translation. He previously served as Administrator of the Japanese Language Division of the ATA and as a grader in the J-into-E portion of the ATA certification program. He currently serves as a judge for the J-into-E portion of the JAT Contest for New and Aspiring Translators.
Idiomatic expressions and figures of speech add color and richness to any language. They also emphasize shared knowledge. After all, a writer only uses an idiomatic expression if the writer believes that the reader will recognize the idiom as a unit of meaning, rather than...