Main Features

TLS is the first synonym dictionary of classical Chinese in any Western language. TLS focusses on the history of the distinctive semantic nuances of the vocabulary of classical Chinese.TLS allows systematic comparison of Chinese concepts with non-Chinese concepts within the same semantic field or Synonym Group. (E.g.  
for names of pre-Qin personalities whose detailed biographies have been compiled by Ulrich Unger, search for
for an index to the entries in Ulrich Ungers' as yet unpublished dictionary of ancient China (Sachwörterbuch), search for
for historical keywords, search for
for cultural keywords, search for
for philosophical keywords, search for
for selected philosophical keywords in Vocabulaire européen des philosophies : dictionnaire des intraduisibles, ed. Barbara Cassin (Paris: Seuil/Le Robert, 2004), search for
for selected Latin key synonyms, search for
for references on Greek synonyms, search for
for references on Russian synonyms, search for
for synonyms in the main Indo-European languages search
for secondary literature on semantic fields in any language you may make a search in a partial index to the huge multi-volume bibliography on comparative semantics (Helmut Gipper and Hans Schwarz, Bibliographisches Handbuch zur Sprachinhaltsforschung) in
TLS is the first dictionary which systematically organises the Chinese vocabulary in taxonomic ("is a kind of") and mereonomic ("is part of") hierarchies, thus showing up whole conceptual schemes or cognitive systems. These are taken to circumscribe the changing topology of Chinese conceptual space.
TLS is the first dictionary that systematically registers a range of lexeme relations, such as antonym, converse, epithet, etc. TLS thus aims to define conceptual space as a relational space, consisting of
TLS is the first dictionary of Chinese which incorporates detailed syntactic analysis of (over 900 distinct kinds of) syntactic usage. TLS thus enables us to make a systematic study of such basic phenomena as the natural history of
TLS therefore also makes possible the systematic study of such basic phenomena as the natural history of the
TLS is the first corpus-based dictionary which will record the history of rhetorical devices in texts and will thus enable us to study such intellectually crucial things as the natural history of irony in China.
TLS includes the first dictionary of 290 mathematical terms, by Karine Chemla, CNRS, Paris.
TLS is the first dictionary of classical Chinese aiming to be systematically linked to archaeological illustration of whatever can be illustrated from excavated evidence. (For an English index to Käthe Finsterbusch's magisterial motif index to Han Dynasty mural illustrations, search for