Acknowledgements My gratitude first goes to the participants who agreed to join the one- year study. Without their help, this book would not have been possible. Many colleagues and friends have encouraged and helped me shape and develop the ideas contained in this book. I would like to acknowledge Professor Agnes Lam, Professor Steve Andrews, Dr. Lawrence Jun Zhang, and Dr. Yongyan Li for their conscientious reading of and valuable feedback on earlier drafts of the manuscript. I would also like to thank Professor Ken Hyland, Professor David Nunan, Dr. Vivian Berry, Dr. Yvonne Loong for their wonderful teaching. I am indebted to Prof. Yafu Gong, Dr. Xuesong Andy Gao, Dr. Citing Li, Dr. Wenfeng Wang, Dr. Xiao Lei, Dr. Jing Huang and former colleagues at the University of Hong Kong for the inspirational dialogues and intellectual stimuli during the research and writing pro- cess. My gratitude also goes to the editors at Peter Lang, without whose help I would not have seen this book in print. The Shanghai Municipal Philosophy and Social Sciences Program Office supported the research with Grant #2011EYY002. Needless to say, the remain- ing faults are entirely mine.
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