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Taiwan, China discussing joint thesaurus project: president

2010/08/26 19:35:55

Taipei, Aug. 26 (CNA) President Ma Ying-jeou said Thursday thatTaiwan has been discussing with China a joint project to compile anew Mandarin thesaurus that will be accessible online to people onboth sides of the Taiwan Strait.

Ma said the online dictionary, the first of its kind in Chinese

history, will be commissioned by Taiwan's National CulturalAssociation and its counterpart in China, and compiled with the useof the cutting-edge cloud computing technology.

Some features of the dictionary, which will be presented in bothtraditional and simplified Chinese, could be available by thebeginning of next year, Ma said at the Presidential Office in ameeting with the owners of several schools of classical learning incentral and southern Taiwan.

The thesaurus, to be named the Chunghua (or Cross-strait)Chinese-Language Thesaurus, will help to narrow the language gapbetween people across the Taiwan Strait after a separation of morethan six decades, the president said.

The project was first proposed during a cross-strait forum oneconomic and cultural exchanges in Changsha City, China, in July2009.

(By Garfie Li and Deborah Kuo)
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