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date: 30 May 2020

(p. xviii) (p. xix) Acknowledgements

(p. xviii) (p. xix) Acknowledgements

I am very grateful to Keith Brown for inviting me to co-edit this volume with him and for his contribution towards the planning of its content. Sadly, the ink was barely dry on the contract with Oxford University Press when my would-be co-editor withdrew for health reasons (though I am pleased to report he has by now fully recovered). So I became sole editor.

I would like to thank John Davey at OUP for being extraordinarily supportive throughout the gestation and birth of this volume. A couple of the contributors we initially engaged pulled out and a third ceased all communication with us; warm thanks to Bob Freidin, Graeme Hirst, and especially to Karen Steffen Chung for stepping into the breaches. My deepest gratitude to all those contributors who submitted work on time. If I am tempted to wish a pox on those who were tardy, perhaps it was to guarantee the excellence of their content. So I warmly thank all of the contributors to this volume for their outstanding work.

On a very sombre note, Anna Siewierska sent in her chapter a few months before I visited with her in Lancaster; three weeks later I was devastated to learn she had been killed in a traffic accident while holidaying in Vietnam. My profound thanks to Anna's husband, Dik Bakker, for acting as her literary executor under these dreadful circumstances.

As this volume has been steadily pulled together, I have treasured the constant cheerfulness, love, and support of my partner, Ali. Together we are 陰陽, but which of us is yin and which yang I really don't know; maybe we are both, both.

Keith Allan (p. xx)