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date: 17 September 2019

(p. xi) Acknowledgements

(p. xi) Acknowledgements

Bringing a project as comprehensive, voluminous, and protracted as this Handbook to a successful end would not have been possible without the constant encouragement and the helping hands of many people. First of all, we would like to thank John Davey of OUP, who, when approached by us some years ago with the idea and a preliminary table of contents for an anthology on compositionality (no more than 250 pages then), told us that it ‘almost looked like a handbook’. He tripled the number of pages and he gave us the opportunity to publish a comprehensive handbook on compositionality in the prestigious ‘Oxford Handbook of…’ series. From the beginning, our intention was to take a cross-disciplinary stance toward the project and to treat the debate on com-positionality as virtually including the whole of cognitive science. Authors from all the disciplines composing cognitive science were invited so that a plurality of perspectives on compositionality is now presented here. We would like to thank all those authors. We are grateful also to an armada of anonymous reviewers whose comments significantly improved the quality of each chapter.

Helping hands were also indispensable for bringing this volume together. We all have to thank Christopher Topp, who in Bochum diligently kept track of the various manuscript versions and assisted us in formatting them. We have also been supported by Aenne Petersen, our Bochum secretary. At OUP Elmandi du Toit and Kim Allen were in charge of copy-editing and deserve to be thanked here.

Financially, work in the context of this Handbook was supported by grants from the German Research Foundation DFG (FOR 600) and the Mercator Foundation on behalf of MW as well as by grants from NWO (360-20-150) and AHRC (AH/H50009X/1) on behalf of WH.

Bochum, Durham, & Pittsburgh in July, 2011

MW, WH, & EM