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16 Maj 2007 @ 18:09
Three types of languages at McGraw-Hill  

Quick, think of a language.

Got one?

Okay, now suppose that you are looking for a textbook about that language, and have happened upon McGraw-Hill Ryerson Canada's Web site. They have a page for language textbooks for higher education, on which is a menu from which you may select one of three "sub-disciplines":

Poll #986083 Languages at McGraw-Hill

Which language were you thinking of?

Which menu option would you select to find textbooks for your language?

Other-World Languages
Foreign Languages
World Languages
Nuværende humør: confusedmuch perplext
Merle: lambdamerle_ on 16. Maj, 2007 22:30 (UTC)
"Other-World" languages? Like Klingon? What an odd list of choices.
Q. Pheevrq_pheevr on 16. Maj, 2007 22:56 (UTC)

Well, here's what McGraw-Hill seems to think, based on a cursory examination of the titles listed under each category:

Other-World Languages Foreign Languages World Languages
  • Irish
  • Arabic
  • Latin
  • ASL
  • Hindi
  • Persian
  • Polish
[no results]
  • Italian
  • French
  • Chinese
  • Spanish
  • German
  • Irish
  • Arabic
  • Japanese
  • Latin
  • Biblical Hebrew
  • (Modern) Greek
  • Malay
  • Polish
  • Dutch
  • Russian
  • Sanskrit
  • ...[possibly several others]

I still have no idea what the difference between "Other-World" languages and "World" languages is, but it's sort of nice to know that no languages are foreign.

the_delithedeli on 17. Maj, 2007 05:05 (UTC)
I take "other-world", especially with that hyphen, to mean "not of Earth".
Compare to "world" which almost always means this world, i.e. Earth.

Problem solved/some new ones arise.
Vizcachachillyrodent on 17. Maj, 2007 11:17 (UTC)
I'll take Other-worldly Languages for $200, Alex.

Maybe these are the languages spoken by ghosts. Yeah, in fact, I'm sure of it.
Kandel Schwartzkandelschwartz on 18. Maj, 2007 02:45 (UTC)
I don't quite grok this.
Henrytahnan on 18. Maj, 2007 03:04 (UTC)
What's just as odd is the heirarchy you find yourself in after you select one: "McGraw-Hill Home > Higher Education > Social Sciences and Humanities > null >". Null?
鉄観音isolt on 21. Maj, 2007 14:28 (UTC)
I have no words.

participant in personal sousveillance: i'm a mousegirlandagun on 21. Juni, 2007 12:15 (UTC)

Hi, I am a linguistics nerd, and I love your blog. I hope you don't mind that I added you.

I am confused as to how Irish, Arabic, and Latin manage to be present in both the Other-World and World categories. I would assume these to be mutually exclusive, but am kind of strangely happy that they are not.
Q. Pheevr: Shadesq_pheevr on 22. Juni, 2007 21:31 (UTC)
Hi, I am a linguistics nerd, and I love your blog. I hope you don't mind that I added you.

Not at all! Linguistics nerdity is always welcome here (as is flattery).