LINGUIST List 21.3823|
Thu Sep 30 2010
All: Obituary: Gong Hwang-cherng (1934-2010)
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Obituary: Gong Hwang-cherng (1934-2010)
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From: Arielle Hsu <linguistsinica.edu.tw>
Subject: Obituary: Gong Hwang-cherng (1934-2010)
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The linguistic community of Taiwan deeply mourns the sad passing of Prof.
Gong Hwang-cherng 龔煌城 at the age of 77 on Saturday, September 11, 2010.
Prof. Gong joined the Academia Sinica (in Taiwan) in 1976, after receiving
a PhD from Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München in Germany. Since then he
dedicated his life to an active, distinguished career in linguistics, which
spanned nearly thirty-five years. A leading figure in Sino-Tibetan
comparative linguistics, Tangut linguistics, and phonetic reconstruction of
Old Chinese, he was an invited professor to many renowned linguistic
institutions around the world, and taught at universities and summer
institutes both in Taiwan and abroad. He became an LSA Honorary Member in
2001, an Academia Sinica Academician in 2002, and a recipient of a life
achievement award granted by the Linguistic Society of Taiwan in 2006.
Prof. Gong’s research was exemplary for its innovative insight, expository
clarity, and methodological rigor. His seminal contributions to linguistics
include his comparative study of Tibetan, Burmese, and Old Chinese vowels,
reconstruction of Old Chinese phonology, and discovery and interpretations
of phonological alternations of Tangut rhymes. The main body of his life’s
work was condensed into two volumes published by the Institute of
Linguistics in Academia Sinica in 2002: Collected Papers on Tangut
Philology and Collected Papers on Sino-Tibetan Linguistics.
Prof. Gong’s untimely departure is an irreparable loss to Chinese and
Sino-Tibetan linguistics, and will leave a lasting sorrowful void in the
hearts of his family, students, colleagues, and all who had the privilege
to have associated with this kind and great, modest man.
Jackson T.-S. Sun
Institute of Linguistics
Academia Sinica, Taiwan
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