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Discussion -> Linguistic issues -> Dictionary suggestion: 方言/古汉语 readings?

2010-11-29 05:41:28Dictionary suggestion: 方言/古汉语 readings?
Posted by: zheng4yang2 (Charles Zheng)Hi, I am interested in comparing the relationships between phonology, meaning and etymology of Chinese characters across differing dialects of spoken Chinese. It would be very nice if the dictionary could also display this information. Sites like include Cantonese jyutping for all of the entries, would it be possible for the site dictionary to incorporate this information along with the pinyin?


2010-11-29 10:24:09Dictionary suggestion: 方言/古汉语 readings?
Posted by: dsturgeon (Donald Sturgeon)Many thanks for the suggestion. At the moment we do include Cantonese Jyutping for each character (where available); you should see this in the gray box at the top of the dictionary entry for a character in the "Cantonese" field. This information comes from the Unihan database (also used by MDBG), so it applies to single characters rather than words.

It would be nice to include more phonological or etymological information with the dictionary entries, but I don't know of any suitable resource which could be integrated at the moment.

One way to improve the dictionary is for people using this site to post their thoughts, questions, and research results about specific characters or words, and use the discussion linking feature of the site to attach their discussion thread to the appropriate part of the dictionary. This will make the discussion immediately visible to anyone browsing the relevant dictionary entry.

2010-12-15 09:30:27Dictionary suggestion: 方言/古汉语 readings?
Posted by: 40j40jI saw a classic Chinese textbook which gives readings of Mandarin, Japanese and Korean.
I feel that it is not enough. Therefore, I am trying to adding readings of other Chinese languages.
In the picture, I added Cantonese, Hakka, Teochew, Taiwan Minnan and Wu(Shanghai dialect)

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