Here’s a bit of news I just received.
[quote]It is with the greatest pleasure that I announce the publication of the long-awaited, single-sort alphabetical index for all 350,000+ entries of
the Hanyu Da Cidian (China’s 12 vol. equivalent of the OED).
Compilation of the huge index (1,505 quadruple-column pages) began more than a decade ago, shortly after the first vol. of the HDC was issued.
Now you can find an entry in HDC as quickly and effortlessly as you can locate a word in the ABC Chinese-English dictionaries edited by John DeFrancis and others. This gigantic, alphabetically ordered index also serves as a very large data base that has important implications for research and applications relating to Sinitic language IT.
The index appears in an American edition and a PRC edition. They are:
Victor H. Mair, ed., An Alphabetical Index to the Hanyu Da Cidian
(Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press, 2003).
Mei Weiheng (Victor H. Mair), ed., Hanyu Da Cidian cimu yinxu
suoyin (Shanghai: Hanyu Da Cidian chubanshe, 2003).
Stocks of the American edition have still not reached the warehouses of the
University of Hawai’i Press, but they are on the way.[/quote]