How Long Is Too Long? Strategies for Translating Long Japanese Sentences

Every Japanese-into-English translator has had the experience of reading (and rereading) a long Japanese sentence, trying to keep track of various elements of the sentence while attempting to understand the message the writer intended to convey. In this presentation the speaker will suggest strategies for breaking down long Japanese sentences into units of meaning, comprehending the respective units, and combining those units in appropriate ways to recreate the intended meaning in English. Examples drawn from an authentic text will be used to illustrate those strategies. 


James L. Davis

Professor at the University of Wisconsin