Composition 46 新作文宣言



You usually use the first-person to call yourself, for example, 'Watashi' or 'Boku.' However, it is not a conservative nor stable narration.
There are various patterns of first-person. We use many different pronouns, such as Watashi, Boku, Watakushi, Ore, Washi, and Atashi. Older adults sometimes call themselves Shosei (a trivial person) or Fusho (a person who is inferior to the parents or the master) to show their modesty. When you are kidding, you can choose Oira or Wagahai. Besides, you may describe yourself Mamma or Ojiichan when you talk with your children or grandchildren.
If you put the thinking forward more and more, you would conclude that our language has numerous first-person pronouns at all times, although the period, age, and status have limited the usage of pronouns.
As a result of speculation, it becomes doubtful that the first-person narration is subjective, and the third-person one is objective. After all, we cannot write something unless we choose a 'subjective' role and disguise ourselves as an 'author.' In other words, it never exists that an immaculate person as a subject itself.
We must choose a 'role' as a narrator and a way of narration. Therefore, we can use various 'subject' in the divert nuance according to an occasion. Furthermore, we can even invent a new style. That is why every linguistic representation is not only self-expression but also self-discovery.


英訳にあたって、日本語の一人称はそのままアルファベット表記で放り込むことにしました(笑) そのせいなのか分かりませんが、リーダビリティ・スコアは53点しかありませんでした。まあ、原文がけっこう抽象的な話をしているのも理由でしょう。