From Paul Wang:
China, country of contrasts by Mary A.Nourse and Delia Goetz,Harcourt,brace and Co.,New York,published in 1944
Renaissance movement to deal with the difficulty classical Chinese language is still in our memory.One of the major leader in this movement is Hu Shih who also received PhD degree from Columbia University.[if my memory serve me right,Lotfi A.Zadeh also received PhD degree from Columbia].Hu Shih wanted Chinese scholars to give up the old,stilted,classical written language which no one but a few scholars understood,and write their books in the spoken language.Novels,he pointed out,had always been written in colloquial Chinese and they were living literature.In time his idea gained support,and today newspapers,magazines,and books use this simpler language.Another idea of his was to get all China to adopt one spoken language.The Mandarin or Peking [Beijing] official dialect has been chosen and is called the national language.All these happen in less than one hundred years ago.
With the hype by computer scientists,huge sum of research money has been spent ,to find out the AI,artificial intelligence actually is a linguistic issue.
Regardless of the nice evolution and many efforts to improve Chinese language since Hu Shih era,Chinese language still has many problems with degree of difficulties to solve them.On the other hand,Chinese language is very different from that of the English language.Most users know its stronger characteristics and its weak features.
Should we be serious about the CWW research,then it is a great idea to tackle both problems at the same time!