Cross-strait language database

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A Cross-strait language database is an online Chinese word database launched by the General Association of Chinese Culture (GACC) in 2012 to store information about different Chinese characters and words usage exchanges.[1] Cross-strait refers to across the Taiwan Strait, relating to the politically separate entities of Republic of China ("Taiwan") and People's Republic of China ("China").


In 2008 Taiwan president Ma Ying-jeou initially planned to deliver a cross-strait cultural exchange dictionary (中華大辭典) that people on both sides of the Taiwan Strait, Taiwan and China can use.[2][3] Further discussions were held in July 2009 at Changsha on the collaboration of the project and reduce the differences between the different sets of characters.[4] For example, the Chinese word for software is known as "ruanti" (軟體) in Taiwan, but "ruanjian" (軟件) in mainland China.[5] The database could help point out differences in the divergence of words caused by over 60 years of separation between the two regions.


On February 8, 2012 a press conference was held to open up the database. While Ma have said there are no political intentions, he did defend the use of traditional Chinese characters.[1] He said Simplified Chinese characters are too streamlined, and there is no logic, so they require pure memorization.[6] For example, the characters for Han (漢), the surname Deng (鄧) and the word for theatre (戲) have no relation to each other, however the simplified forms (汉, 邓, 戏) make it appear as if they are related.[6] There were also questions from educational panels that this project may violate the "language neutrality act" (語言平等法) since Taiwan has many languages including aboriginal languages.[7]

Taiwan released a version at,[8] and mainland China released their own version at[9][10][11]


GACC worked with the MoeDict[clarification needed] project to publish the Taiwan version of CSLD into web, mobile and offline apps.[12]

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  1. ^ a b "Ma applauds cross-strait online Chinese dictionary". Taipei Times. 2012-02-09. Retrieved 2012-02-16. 
  2. ^ "頭條日報 頭條網 - 中華語文知識庫上線連結兩岸". 2012-02-08. Retrieved 2012-02-16. 
  3. ^ "Online databases detail cross-strait languages". The China Post. 2012-02-09. Retrieved 2012-02-16. 
  4. ^ "中華語文知識庫上線 兩岸「書同文」跨大步 - 中央廣播電臺新聞頻道". 2012-02-08. Retrieved 2012-02-16. 
  5. ^ "Online databases detail cross-strait languages". The China Post. 2012-02-09. Retrieved 2012-02-16. 
  6. ^ a b "府:中華語文知識庫 無關統獨 | 新聞總覽 | 中央社即時新聞 CNA-NEWS.COM". 2012-02-10. Retrieved 2012-02-16. 
  7. ^ "批華文知識庫 台教會反「書同文」-文教新聞-yam蕃薯藤新聞". Retrieved 2012-02-16. 
  8. ^ "中華語文知識庫". 
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  10. ^ 张晓静 (2012-02-09). "两岸合作开通"中华语文知识库网站"". Retrieved 2012-02-16. 
  11. ^ "首部雲端專業版兩岸華文詞庫 中華語文知識庫正式上線 | 政治新聞 | NOWnews 今日新聞網". Retrieved 2012-02-16. 
  12. ^ "萌典兩岸詞典上線囉!". 2013-12-18. Retrieved 2014-02-14.