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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Akira Mizubayashi's "A Language in from Elsewhere", Translated from the French with Critical Introduction
by Carniaux, Daniel, M.A., The American University of Paris (France), 2015, 119; 10305709
Abstract (Summary)

Une langue venue d'ailleurs is Akira Mizubayashi's first major book originally written and published in the French language. It concerns the author's own experience of encountering, learning, and espousing French as a foreign language, himself being a native Japanese speaker. The book's narrative is structured into groups of interconnected autobiographical accounts not unlike Jean-Jacques Rousseau's Confessions. This thesis is a translation of certain chapters from that book. It includes a critical introduction that presents background information on the author, his work, the translator's purpose, and questions and challenges proposed by its translation, the theory and methodology employed to address those questions, and finally an analysis of the text's content. As an act of interpretation, this translation posits that the author explores how his learning of a foreign language is an experience of estrangement that reconfigures his own being in the world by viewing himself as a cultural other. The author's perceived goal is to achieve a perpetual, liminal space of sociolinguistic in-betweenness, which through music and literature allows a maximum freedom of verbal expression that is not determined by either a native or acquired habitus.

Keywords: translation, language acquisition, transparency, Rousseau, bilingualism

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Picard, Anne-Marie
Commitee: Gilbert, Geoffrey
School: The American University of Paris (France)
Department: Cultural Translation
School Location: France
Source: MAI 56/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Asian literature, Language
Keywords: Bilingualism, French, Language acquisition, Mizubayashi, Akira, Translation
Publication Number: 10305709
ISBN: 978-1-369-49273-6
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