The new version of this dictionary has been expanded on the basis of the previous CKC Online Dictionary (Version 1.0) by adding information on words, animation showing the order of strokes and references to other languages. It has excels in the following characteristics:
- Character and word database: it covers both simplified and traditional characters found in the character set of the CKC Input System. On the basis of the Unihan database and taking spoken data into consideration, it has revised the spellings of the characters. Words coined with the characters are added to the dictionary with simple English explanations and pronunciations of Putonghua and Cantonese. Some frequently used characters are also provided with explanations in Hindi and Urdu. Semantic information is provided for those characters which share the same form in both traditional and simplified character sets. Simple explanations are also given to some characters with low usage frequency.
- Pronunciations: the Putonghua pronunciations are based on Xiandai Hanyu Cidian (Contemporary Chinese Dictionary) published by the Institute of Linguistics of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. 5 major works have been consulted for the Cantonese pronunciations: (a) The Cantonese Spelling List of the Frequently Used Characters compiled by the Hong Kong Education Department, (b) A Chinese Syllabary Pronounced according to the Dialect of Canton by S. L. Wong, (c) Lishi Zhongwen Zidian by Li Chomin, (d) Guangzhou Hua Biaozunyin Zihui by Zhou Wuji and Rao Bingcai and (e) Yuehyin Zhengdu Zihui by Richard Ho and Chu Kwok-fan. In addition, we take into account the linguistic situation of Hong Kong and some colloquial pronunciations suggested by the Linguistic Society of Hong Kong are also included.
- Other information: for each character, this dictionary displays its CKC code, simplified and traditional variants, English, Hindi and Urdu explanations, animation showing the order of strokes and links to other online dictionaries.
Acknowledgment: the stroke animations are provided by EON Media Limited, the characters in Putonghua pronunciation in this dictionary were provided by Ms Lau Wai of the Centre for Language in Education, EdUHK. Some words in Putonghua pronunciation were provided by Dr. Zhang Hui, senior research assistant of the CKC Centre for the Development of Information Technology in Chinese Language, EdUHK. The characters and words in Cantonese pronunciation were provided by Dr. Chan Shuk Ching Esther(1963-2016) of the Chinese Department, EdUHK.
If you have any inquires, please contact Dr. Tse Ka Ho ( firstname.lastname@example.org ).
CKC Centre for the Development of Information Technology in Chinese Language Teaching