Jan. 12th, 2009

hokay.

Jan. 12th, 2009 11:59 am
wintersweet: Main character from Yokohama Shopping Project: Just being alive means you've made a clear profit. ☆ 人生、生きちょるだけで丸儲け. (ghibli-mimi-writing-me)
Am actually trying to write questions for editor/publisher-types for the S'ford thesis.

Wish [livejournal.com profile] hoshizora were around but he has a lot of things to deal with right now, so.

Basically, I need to come up with a couple sets of questions about how/since when/why manga publishing companies in the US started including Japanese honorific titles like -san and -sama (and diminuitives like -chan) in their English translations. One set will be for the editor/publisher-type people and one set will be for the translator/cleanup-type people. However, all of the questions need to be policy/action questions, not feeling questions (e.g., how was this handled, why was this corporate decision made; not "did this make your life harder?"). And I can't ask a billion questions because these are busy people.

If you have any suggestions, they'd be really welcome. I'm pretty much on my own in this without the usual support network of other students, regular meetings with my advisor (she's really busy, and I'm unofficial!), etc., so your input is a good thing. And I am under a massive time crunch, and terrified.

Later I'll be prevailing upon you for your translator and other contacts, too, because I don't know how far I'm going to get through the websites. Eek.

Yeah, I'm listening to a playlist that's almost all Hisaishi (plus Vanessa Mae and some other stuff) because it's instrumental and fast-paced, and thus good for writing. (And upbeat, since I really need encouragement to not fling myself off the cliff of academia.)

EDIT:

Here's what I have so far for the publishers' end but it's vaguely incoherent because this "breakfast tea" has a caffeine content that I suspect is rather low.

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