Eva Middleton wrote:
I have the chance of doing academic research and hopefully eventually gain a Ph.D. - my main problem is that, whilst I very much enjoy research, I've only ever done it for law.
I don't have a linguists degree or even one in a related subject, and at the moment I'm both having a difficult time working out the exact thing I want to research (something related to legal translations - but it all goes fuzzy when I try to narrow it down :/) and finding other people's translation-related research papers. I think if I could see what other people have done, I could work out what I want to do much better than I can at the moment. Do you know of any good databases? Or could someone offer their personal experience?
I seriously advise you to to select the topic of your thesis around what you are already best in rather than open a new field, particularly when your ideas ARE fuzzy. You are only young once, so economise the time and effort.
Alternatively, if you persist, get some internship or a practice with the European Commission, as close to their translation teams as possible, have a look at their work and talk to them there. BTW - how many foreign languages do you speak? See my point? To feel your topic you should have some experience in the field, as you don't have it starting from the scratch doesn't make much sense.