First of all, I have to express my deep gratitude to Ekkehard König, who made it possible for me to work in an ideal environment over the past few years. Without the numerous contacts that arose from my role in the EUROTYP project ( European Science Foundation Programme in Language Typology, directed by Ekkehard König), the present work would have fallen far short of what it now is. In the more than five years in which we worked together on various projects I have benefited enormously from our collaboration.
I am very grateful to Mark Durie for providing detailed comments on a draft version of this book. Other colleagues who read the whole manuscript and helped improve it are Peter Eisenberg, Bill Croft, David Gil, and Davide Ricca. I also acknowledge help of various kinds that was provided by the following people: Winfried Boeder, Ronnie Cann, Östen Dahl, Emma Geniušienė, Anastasia Giannakidou, Jack Hoeksema, José Ignacio Hualde, Robert Ladd, Marit Lobben, Igor' V. Nedjalkov, Vladimir P. Nedjalkov, Alfonsas Pilka, Hans-Jürgen Sasse, Rolf Thieroff, Johan van der Auwera, and Joannis Veloudis.
Dozens of native speakers and linguists helped me in gathering the data for this study--typology is hardly possible if one works in isolation. I cannot name all of them here, but those who made a particularly important contribution are listed below, alphabetically by language. Their contribution to this book is gratefully acknowledged.
|Bulgarian||Tanja Kuteva, Pavlina Vlajkova|
|Chinese||Fengxiang Li, Wenfang Zhang|
|Dutch||Leon Stassen, Kees Hengeveld, Jan Rijkhoff|
|Finnish||Juhani Rudanko, Angela Bartens, Hannu Tommola|
|Georgian||Winfried Boeder, Revaz Tchantouria|
|Modern Greek|| Anastasia Christofidou, Axel Theofilides, Soteria Svorou,|
|Irish||Dónall P. Ó Baoill|
|Japanese||Yoshiko Ono, Masa Koizumi|
|Kannada||Anilkumar Belvadi, D. N. S. Bhat|