The current paper is a comparative study on the morphological
explanations of the Chinese characters as explained in eight character
dictionaries and textbooks. C. S. Peirce sign systems theory is used
for describing the morphological space of the Chinese characters. A
hypothesis about the possibilities offered by reliable character morphology
for explanation of the lexical multivalency of Chinese characters is
proposed. Also criteria for judging the quality of available morphological
explanations is provided and their shortcomings are being outlined.
Finally, as a practical implematation of the above-presented theoretical
considerations, a XML database structure with one sample entry for
building character database is provided.