Conference on Grand Ricci dictionary and early Chinese writing at the French Residence [fr]
On 9th October, Ambassador of France to Singapore Mr. Marc Abensour hosted a conference at the French Residence on the Grand Ricci dictionary and early Chinese writing by Mr. Claude Haberer, Chairman of the Ricci Association, and Prof. Olivier Venture, Lecturer at Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes.
The Grand dictionaire Ricci de la langue chinoise is the largest bilingual dictionary of the Chinese language ever published covering 300,000 words and expressions and 13,000 individual characters, compiled by over 300 contributors over a fifty-year period and published in 2001.
Mr Claude Haberer, Chairman of the Ricci Association, publisher of the Grand Ricci dictionary, explained to the guests how this huge project was completed.
Pr. Olivier Venture of the Paris-based Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes spoke on early Chinese writing based on the works of Fr. Lefeuvre.
Fr. Jean Lefeuvre (1922-2010) was ordained priest in the society of Jesus in Shanghai in 1952 and went on to become a pioneer in the study of early Chinese writing, inscriptions on oracular bones and ancient bronzes, to which he devoted his life.
He wrote numerous publications and authored the first multilingual dictionary of characters found on Chinese bronzes, the (to-be-published) Chinese-French-English Ricci Dictionary of Chinese Bronze Inscriptions.
French Ambassador Marc Abensour said: "I hope that this event will pave the way to further collaboration between sinologists and sinophiles from France and Singapore."