Please join us for the memorial event of Prof. Kazuko Inoue (井上和子先生).
- Location: International Conference Room (Dialogue House, ICU)
- Time: 2 – 4 pm (Sun) May 28th, 2017
Tea and light meal will be served at the event.
This event is organized by ICU Linguistics Circle.
- Linguist List: https://linguistlist.org/issues/28/28-2115.html
It was with great sorrow that I heard of the passing of Kazuko Inoue, a good friend for many years, a wonderful linguist who leaves a most impressive legacy in her own work and in her central role in establishing the field in Japan.
We met 50 years ago when I was visiting Japan for lectures, along with my family. Apart from the official side of the visit, in which of course Kazuko was the leading figure, she arranged an unforgettable tour for us, and accompanied us as we stayed in traditional Japanese inns (delighting my two young daughters as well) and many wonderful sites. From then on Kazuko was a close friend of the whole family.
Whenever I had a chance to visit Japan, one of the highlights was a chance to spend some time with Kazuko. On my last visit I asked her how she managed to stay so healthy and active. She told me the secret is ten glasses of green tea every day — another word of wisdom.
She will be sorely missed, and never forgotten.
It was spring 1983 I believe: Inoue Sensei had a new car that spoke to her in Japanese when something wasn’t right, say the trunk wasn’t closed. I learned about this at the end of an ICU day when she offered me a ride home. I hadn’t fully closed the passenger door, so a woman’s voice warned her about that. She laughed, “Even for a door, a woman has to use the honorific!”–evidence of her close attention to language as well as to gender issues. I thank her for that.
And I also thank her for inviting me to teach linguistics at ICU in the spring of 1983 and at Kanda University in the fall of 1997 and for the Labo roadshow of fall 1986. And for other opportunities, too numerous to list, to live linguistically and socially in Japan. These were all rich and rewarding experiences that I will always remember.
For me, Japan and Japanese linguistics will not be the same without her presence. Nevertheless, through her work and through the students that she nurtured, Inoue Sensei will live on.