Cross-Cultural Diachrony

TLS aims to describe the long-term Chinese conceptual history in a dynamic relation to modern developments: it concentrates first on classical Chinese and will then relate this to Modern Chinese by a rigidly homogeneous analysis of both along the same principles .
Speakers of Modern Chinese tend to have an active vocabulary of thousands of phrases with classical Chinese lexis and grammar. Early colloquial elements are even more prominent. TLS will register these continuities as the current presence of the past in Chinese.
A large part of modern Chinese morphology is explained by the principles of classical syntax. The morphemes of many Modern Chinese words will be explained by reference to the relevant TLS lexeme entries for the classical Chinese words from which they derive.
TLS will register Buddhist, Mongol, and more recent westernising influences on the formation of the core Modern Chinese vocabulary.
TLS distinguishes between terminologised and general vocabulary, and it will concentrate on the historical and contrastive analysis of CURRENT Chinese core vocabulary and key terminology.