Launching of the Celebrity Roster for Chinese news media
Over the past five years, the LISRC has been working on the Linguistics Variation in Chinese Speech Communities synchronous corpus, based on news media materials collected from Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai, Taiwan, Singapore and Macau. The size of the corpus now exceeds 60 million characters and is still expanding. In addition to the Celebrity Roster, the Centre has also compiled two other key indices: the Place Name Index and the Common Word Rank.
The launching of the Celebrity Roster on the Web is an integral part of the establishment of the Institute of Chinese Linguistics in CityU. The objective of the Institute is to integrate and coordinate available resources within the University and in Hong Kong for the enhancement of researches on Chinese language sciences.