Trying to trace source of linguistic anecdote relating to Japanese
A number of years ago I remember reading an anecdote somewhere that went roughly as follows:
A western linguist or anthropologist was travelling or undertaking fieldwork in rural Japan. As a Japanese speaker himself, he addressed a local woman in Japanese who naturally spoken back in Japanese. However, just by speaking with this foreign man, the woman actually believed she had been speaking English.
I would very much like to trace the source of this anecdote to which I have not done justice in my summary there. Any help in tracking it down would be most appreciated.
Many thanks, Jon Orman University of Hong Kong