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Scanlation - What Fan Translators of Manga Learn in the Informal Learning Environment
Dalarna University, School of Languages and Media Studies, Japanese.
2012 (English)In: The Proceedings Book of ISLC 2012, 2012, 73-84 p.Conference paper, Presentation (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The present paper discusses two pilot studies carried out to see the possibility of the fan community of manga (Japanese comics), in which fan translators translate the original Japanese manga into English (which is called scanlation), functioning as an informal learning environment for the Japanese language learning and translator training. Two pilot studies consist of a) comparison of the original Japanese version with the scanlation and official translation, and b) comparison of the original Japanese version with two different versions of scanlation to see the translators’ level of Japanese language and the overall translation quality. The results show that in scanlation versions, there were numbers of inaccuracies which would prevent them to be treated as professional translation. Some of these errors are clearly caused by insufficient understanding of Japanese language by the translator. However, the pilot studies also suggested some interesting features of fan translation, such as the treatment of cultural references. The two pilot studies indicate that it is desirable to conduct further studies with more data, in order to confirm the results of present studies, and to see the possible relationship between the types of trnalsation errors found in scanlation and the particular type of Japanese language (informal, conversational) that could be learned from manga.

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2012. 73-84 p.
Keyword [en]
Translation, Manga, Scanlation, Japanese Language, Fan Community
National Category
Languages and Literature
Research subject
Kultur, identitet och gestaltning
URN: urn:nbn:se:du-10666ISBN: 978-605-86867-0-0OAI: diva2:549925
International Symposium on Language and Communication: Research Trends and Challenges, IICS (Institute of Language and Communication Studies), Izmir University, 10th-13th June, Izmir (Turkey)
Available from: 2012-10-05 Created: 2012-09-05 Last updated: 2012-10-05Bibliographically approved

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