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date: 21 February 2019

(p. xvii) Acknowledgements

(p. xvii) Acknowledgements

A number of people have helped us in implementing this project. The original idea for the Handbook arose in the autumn of 2005, when Andrew Spencer was a guest of the PIONIER project, supervised in Nijmegen by Helen de Hoop. We would like to thank Helen for her unfailing support: she has been a major driving force behind the project from the first stages. Many of the contributors to the Handbook have been associated with the PIONIER project, either directly as project members (e.g. Andrej Malchukov), or indirectly, as guests and/or conference participants. Andrej Malchukov gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) for the PIONIER project ‘Case crosslinguistically’ (grant 220–70–003). Andrej Malchukov also thanks Bernard Comrie and Martin Haspelmath, who provided ideal conditions for completion of the project in its final stages when he moved to Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, as well as acknowledging the financial support of DFG for the project on the typology of ditransitive constructions. Thank you to John Davey at OUP for his encouragement and patience, as well as Chloe Plummer and Julia Steer, and thanks also to Malcolm Todd for his quietly efficient copy-editing, and to Lesley Rhodes for her excellent proofreading (not to mention last-minute copy-editing). Finally, many thanks to Birgit Jänen for her last-minute help in compiling the consolidated bibliography and to Heyka Krause for compiling the index.

We would like to thank our authors for their collegiality and patience and for their willingness to revise their articles so as to comply with our word limits (an important practical necessity in a Handbook with such a large number of chapters). We are grateful both to internal and external reviewers of the volume. Special thanks go to those who provided us with advice on editorial matters and helped us to improve the structure in various ways, including John Anderson, Barry Blake, Jim Blevins, Miriam Butt, Denis Creissels, Martin Haspelmath, Helen de Hoop, Edith Moravcsik, and Anna Siewierska.

Finally, a word of very special thanks to Marina and to Larissa.

Andrew Spencer

Andrej Malchukov

April 2008