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There are people studying this. Classical Chinese Character Frequency List Modern Chinese Character Frequency List Now do your own comparisons because I'm lazy. Update -- I feel less lazy today so I'll give it a shot. For obvious purposes, let't take the first 1000 characters in the classical list and see where they go in the trend. I can't do scripts ...


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First, there is no legal source to download both of them. More specific, they're content of copyright. The Commercial Press has made great effort to ban online version to protect its interest. So you can hardly find the website which is providing PDF or other format. However, there's another way, but you'd pay a little money(~$2). Visit the greatest ...


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Based on Wang Dingwei's answer, I ran a quick script on these two files. Here are the Classical characters that don't appear in the Modern list. C Class Modern 鐸 4128 ? 諲 5008 ? 鞶 5488 ? 鉷 5516 ? 鴈 5657 ? 頔 5672 ? 褾 5730 ? 衎 5761 ? 蟽 5789 ? 綯 5817 ? 諴 5851 ? 禼 5872 ? 虓 5877 ? 菶 5892 ? ...


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I think you might get this kind of database from some publication press if you are lucky, but it seems to be not an easy way. Also, I didn't find any database or flat text with Open Source License from the Internet. But here is a website which is quite clean and neat. http://www.zdic.net/ I tried to look up a single Chinese character(字), and the request ...



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