LIVAC Synchronous Corpus

was reading my standard reading for sociolinguistics and come across this important online resource:

The LIVAC (Linguistic Variations in Chinese Speech Communities) synchronous corpus, pioneered by the Language Information Sciences Research Centre at The City University of Hong Kong, contains texts from representative Chinese newspapers and electronic media of Hong Kong, Taiwan, Beijing, Shanghai, Macau and Singapore. The collection of materials from the diverse communities is synchronized, and so offers an innovative “Window” approach for a whole variety of comparative studies and useful IT applications.