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(im)Politeness and Honorification, in Japanese Translation

Jakobsson, Ludvig LU (2016) JAPK11 20161
Japanese Studies
Abstract
In this thesis the translation of (im)politeness and honorification from Japanese is examined. Due to the different and complex politeness system in Japanese compared to European languages, difficulties rise in translating texts containing it. The goal of this thesis is to analyze the strategies used and the outcome, while comparing the translations of the novel Norwegian Wood made to three different languages: English, Swedish and Spanish. The comparison shows that the English and Swedish translations took big freedom in embellishing (at times to an excessive amount) the target text in order to show the politeness used in the source text. The Spanish translation on the other hand took a more passive approach in this regard.
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author
Jakobsson, Ludvig LU
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organization
course
JAPK11 20161
year
type
M2 - Bachelor Degree
subject
keywords
translation, translation strategy, politeness, Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood
language
English
id
8891161
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2016-12-09 16:46:24
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  abstract     = {In this thesis the translation of (im)politeness and honorification from Japanese is examined. Due to the different and complex politeness system in Japanese compared to European languages, difficulties rise in translating texts containing it. The goal of this thesis is to analyze the strategies used and the outcome, while comparing the translations of the novel Norwegian Wood made to three different languages: English, Swedish and Spanish. The comparison shows that the English and Swedish translations took big freedom in embellishing (at times to an excessive amount) the target text in order to show the politeness used in the source text. The Spanish translation on the other hand took a more passive approach in this regard.},
  author       = {Jakobsson, Ludvig},
  keyword      = {translation,translation strategy,politeness,Haruki Murakami,Norwegian Wood},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {(im)Politeness and Honorification, in Japanese Translation},
  year         = {2016},
}