Acknowledgements - 11
11 Acknowledgements In undertaking research of this nature, one naturally seeks out the intellectual and personal support of a great many people, perhaps more people than it would be possible to mention. Nevertheless, I will attempt here to express my gratitude to most of them. Firstly, I would like to thank Teresa Fanego and Carlos Acuña. This book has benefited from their keen intellectual judgement and from their advice in numerous ways. Other scholars who helped me out and whom I feel very grateful to are Betty Birner and Gregory Ward, and especially Rolf Kreyer who was kind enough to allow me access to his (then) unpublished work. Likewise, I feel greatly in- debted to Christopher Butler, Antonio Barcelona, Javier Pérez-Guerra, Liesbet Heyvaert and Cristina Suárez-Gómez, who greatly inspired my work through stimulating discussions and comments on earlier versions of this book. The research reported here is part of a larger project – Varia- tion, Linguistic Change, and Grammaticalisation – sponsored by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation and European Regional Development Fund (grant no. HUM2007-60706/FILO), the Autono- mous Government of Galicia (Directorate General of Scientific and Technological Promotion, grant no. 2006/14-0; Directorate General for Research, Development and Innovation, INCITE grant no. 08PXIB204016PR), and the European Regional Development Fund. The support of these institutions, as well as the positive feedback of the members of the research group throughout the course of this in- vestigation, is hereby also gratefully acknowledged. None of this would have been possible without...
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