DiG 16 (2008), 108111 DOI 10.1515/DIG.2008.007. Obituaries / Nécrologies / Nachrufe Takesi Sibata: July 14, 1918 July 12, 2007 Two days before he would have turned eighty-nine, Professor Takesi Sibata passed away peacefully in Tokyo. He was born in Nagoya City and studied at the University of Tokyo, the most prestigious university in Japan, from where he graduated in 1942. During the war years, he taught Mongolian and Turkish and also published repeatedly on these languages, as well as on Korean and some of the languages spoken in China (for details see his lengthy bibliography in Tetsuya Kunihiro, Fumio Inoue and Daniel Long (eds), Takesi Sibata: Sociolinguistics in Japanese Contexts. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter 1999, 417471; and that does not even include what he published after 1996). In 1945, Sibata was appointed assistant at his alma mater. Four years later, he became a member of the National Institute for Japanese Language Research, shortly after its inception, and, in 1955, he started work there on the Linguistic Atlas of Japan that was to elicit material in 2400 localities all over the country with the help of a questionnaire. During the whole period the survey was conducted, Sibata was
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