[Tibeto-burman-linguistics] Prof. Dr. Tsuguhito Takeuchi (1951-2021)

Nathan W. Hill tibetologist at protonmail.ch
Sat Apr 3 14:45:44 UTC 2021

Dear Norihiko and Randy,

In reading Norihiko's obituary my eye caught 'Kinki University', and I remember how much Tsugu enjoyed the pun in this name. I met him in 2003 knowing his work already for some years. I expected him to be dower and humorless, because his scholarship is so careful and sober, and I could not believe that this down right goofy fellow was the great scholar himself. It has been such an honor to have had him as a friend in the years since and I am very sad to hear of his passing.

The reason I am writing is because I have an OK good collection of his works, which I share at the link below. I think that I am missing several early works and the most recent works, but it is a start toward what Randy proposes.


He just came out with an article on wood slips published in a volume edited by Kazushi Iwao and Yoshiro Imaeda, which I have not yet been able to consult.


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On Saturday, April 3, 2021 2:24 PM, Randy J. LaPolla <randy.lapolla at gmail.com> wrote:

> Dear Norihiko,
> That is very sad news. Professor Takeuchi is the first person one thinks of when thinking of scholars of Tibetan in Japan. My heart goes to his family as well.
> Would it be possible to put together a website with all his publications so that scholars can continue to benefit from all his excellent research?
> Thank you.
> Stay well,
> Randy
> -----
> Randy J. LaPolla, PhD FAHA (羅仁地)
> Professor of Linguistics, with courtesy appointment in Chinese, School of Humanities
> Nanyang Technological University
> HSS-03-45, 48 Nanyang Avenue | Singapore 639818
> http://randylapolla.info/
> (personal.ntu.edu.sg/randylapolla)
> Most recent books:
> The Sino-Tibetan Languages, 2nd Edition (2017)
> https://www.routledge.com/The-Sino-Tibetan-Languages-2nd-Edition/LaPolla-Thurgood/p/book/9781138783324
> Sino-Tibetan Linguistics (2018)
> https://www.routledge.com/Sino-Tibetan-Linguistics/LaPolla/p/book/9780415577397
>> On 3 Apr 2021, at 7:26 PM, HAYASHI NORIHIKO <jinozu at yahoo.co.jp> wrote:
>> Dear Tibeto-Burmanists,
>> Obituary: Prof. Dr. Tsuguhito Takeuchi (1951-2021)
>> It is the tremendous sorrow to announce that Prof. Dr. Tsuguhito Takeuchi of Kobe City University of Foreign Studies passed away at midnight of April 3rd, 2021 (at the age of 69) at home in Amagasaki city of Hyogo Prefecture, Japan.
>> Tsugu was, as many of you know, an acclaimed linguist and philologist
>> of the Tibetan language, especially Old Tibetan documents. His doctoral dissertation to Indiana University was published as a book entitled Old Tibetan Contracts from Central Asia (by Daizo Shuppan), which has been widely cited by many Tibetanists. Since then, he had worked for constructing the online database for Old Tibetan documents, cataloging wooden slips preserved in the British Library, and deciphering the documents of the Zhangzhung language. For 40 years, Tsugu has led Tibetan linguistics and philology and taught many young scholars. He was also a board member of the International Association for Tibetan Studies and had been the president of the Japanese Association for Tibetan Studies until last year.
>> Tsugu loved to play soccer in his studenthood and liked to watch the football games of European leagues on TV after he started to teach at universities. He has taught English, Japanese, Tibetan and general linguistics at Kinki University, Kyoto University of Education and Kobe City University of Foreign Studies until 2017. He loved drinking beer and red wine with his colleagues and students after his work was finished every evening.
>> He had been a man of joy and humor, which attracted many surrounding people.
>> Tsugu had been suffered from esophageal cancer for two years, but his endeavor to explore the new findings had been survived until the last minute. His last work on the historical development of the Tibetan language has just been published in both Japanese and English, which will be distributed so soon.
>> Tsugu leaves behind his wife Sachiko and their daughter Kaho. He will be missed by many colleagues, students and friends.
>> If you have some farewell words for Prof. Takeuchi, please send me by email.
>> I will forward them to his lovely family.
>> with great sadness,
>> Norihiko
>> ------------------------
>> Norihiko Hayashi, Ph.D. in Linguistics
>> Kobe City University of Foreign Studies
>> jinozu at yahoo.co.jp
>> n-hayashi at inst.kobe-cufs.ac.jp
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