Sam Thomas
Does anyone know a good online Chinese etymology dictionary? I'm looking for an online dictionary which gives the origin of Chinese words. A bit like a Chinese version of Thanks very much
Oct 29, 2018 12:24 PM
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October 29, 2018 has a huge amount of information on each word and character, with lots of historical citations to show how the meanings have changed over time: it's like a Chinese OED. It's almost entirely in Chinese, but there are often short English glosses of definitions.
October 29, 2018
October 29, 2018
You're looking for I'm not an expert, but my understanding is that Chinese etymology is more controversial than English etymology, because a lot depends on how much you trust conclusions reached by early authors versus what actually appears on early inscriptions.
October 29, 2018
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Sam Thomas
Language Skills
Chinese (Mandarin), English, French, German
Learning Language
Chinese (Mandarin), French, German