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date: 17 May 2021

(p. ix) Acknowledgments

(p. ix) Acknowledgments

Construction Grammar has been around for more than twenty years and during that time has attracted the interest of formalists and functionalists, psycho- and neurolinguists, language acquisition researchers, and linguists working on language variation and change. And yet, until now, no single volume has been available to students and researchers that gives a full overview of what the various Construction Grammar approaches have in common, what their major differences are, and how Construction Grammar may be applied to other domains of linguistic enquiry, such as second language acquisition and sociolinguistic variation. We were therefore very grateful when Oxford University Press asked us whether we wanted to edit the Oxford Handbook of Construction Grammar.

A project this size can easily turn into a nightmare for the editors, but we were fortunate to have a great team of authors, as well as continuous support from OUP. We were grateful that the leading experts in Construction Grammar were willing and able to contribute to the volume.

Our thanks go to Peter Ohlin, Brian Hurley, and the entire team at OUP. It was Peter who first suggested that we edit a Construction Grammar volume for the prestigious OUP handbook series, and we hope he is as pleased with the final product as we are. Brian, on the other hand, provided practical support and publishing feedback throughout the editorial process. On top of that, we would like to thank Thomas's student assistants, Ann Jeanine Braband, Jasmin Palasz and Renata von Gottberg, for their meticulous work with the reference section.

Thomas Hoffmann and Graeme Trousdale

Osnabrück and Edinburgh

December 2012 (p. x)