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date: 20 September 2019



Books of this magnitude cannot be completed without the cooperation, support and patience of the contributors. I would like to thank each and every one of them here. I would also like to thank John Davey (Consultant Editor, OUP) for inviting me to submit a proposal for the handbook, providing me with superb editorial support, and standing by me when I was rendered physically unable to continue with the work for some time. I would also like to express my gratitude to Barry Blake, Maria Koptjevskaja-Tamm, Andrew Carstairs-McCarthy, Edith Moravcsik, John Taylor, and Sandra Thompson on reading and commenting on some of the submitted chapters.

This handbook might not have seen the light of day without the assistance and support of many individuals (who had never heard about linguistics, let alone linguistic typology). I sustained a personal injury in early 2008 and had to be incarcerated in a rehabilitation hospital for several months. It was a very difficult time (and a long road to recovery), and there were a few occasions on which I couldn't help wondering whether I would ever be able to return to my university position, let alone the handbook. These individuals, without whose assistance I would not have been able to resume my full-time work, were mainly health and rehab professionals. There are too many to list them all here, but the following people deserve a special mention: Dr Lyle E. Gross, Dr Glenda Wallace, Dave Spence, Jacqui Malthias, Robert Llanes, Theo Wood, Laura Buttle, Barbara Constance, Shona McDonald, Moira Jolly, Corina Stewart, Audrey Cape, Helen Burnip, Patsy Wakefield, Irene Frazer, Robyn Jephson, and Kerry Pennington.

Last but not least, I would like to thank Lisa Marr, who provided me with invaluable editorial assistance. Her meticulous reference-checking, cross-checking, and copy-editing skills saved me (and the handbook) more times than I could possibly remember.

Jae Jung Song

Dunedin, New Zealand

October 2009