There will be edge cases that are difficult, but for the vast majority of strings, the language will be obvious to the cataloger.
In native BIBFRAME and a good user interface, assigning language tags will not be difficult or time consuming. The language of cataloging is known and those fields can be tagged automatically. Templates can assign tags for catalogers who routinely catalog in a given language. I have experimented with language tags in a test interface and it was not hard.
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Osma, I took all of those examples of 1984 from LoC's catalog. While Wikidata may think they have different titles, we don't know how that decision was made (there are no cataloging rules for Wikidata). In no case have I seen "Nineteen Eighty-Four" for the English version (although it was filed that way in card catalogs as per the ALA Filing Rules). Your examples all conveniently prove your point, but I still think that asking catalogers to determine the language of every field is going to create difficulties. It would be a good idea to take a sampling of records and try this out. From the cataloger's point of view.
On 12/21/17 7:44 AM, Osma Suominen wrote:
>> However, there is a big problem with trying to attribute
>> *language* to fields in bibliographic data. It only takes a few
>> examples to understand why:
>> 1984 (book in German)
>> 1984 (book in Hebrew)
>> 1984 (book in English)
> I don't think that's a problem at all. In fact this is a great
> example, since the name of Orwell's novel (assuming you meant it)
> actually differs between many languages. According to Wikidata
> (http://www.wikidata.org/entity/Q208460) it is called
> "1984" in German
> "1984" in Hebrew (but rendered with right-to-left alignment!)
> "Nineteen Eighty-Four" in English (not 1984!) "Vuonna 1984" in Finnish
> "নাইন্টিন এইটি-ফোর" in Bengali
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