This book is a revised version of the doctoral dissertation ‘The History of Standard Negation in Semitic,’ written between 2011–2015 at Uppsala University. The revision was carried out in 2016–2017, partly funded by C Landberg’s foundation for which I would like to express my gratitude.

It gives my great pleasure to thank and acknowledge everyone who contributed to the completion of the dissertation and this book. I would first and foremost like to express my gratitude to my supervisor and mentor Bo Isaksson and my assistant supervisor John Huehnergard for their unfailing support and endless input at all stages of writing the thesis. I would also like to thank Mats Eskhult for his insightful remarks on the manuscript and for the general guidance I have received in Semitics over the years. I am likewise very grateful to Jakob Andersson for his detailed comments on all things Akkadian and the bibliography, and to Emanuel Karlsson for his detailed comments on general linguistics.

Moreover, my sincere thanks are due to Geoffrey Khan who examined the thesis at the public defense seminar (September 2015) and shared many crucial remarks with me, both then and after. I am also grateful to Leonid Kogan for his comments on a pre-defense seminar (May 2015), as well as for the useful criticism I have received from the members of the examining committee: Rebecca Hasselbach, Jan Retsö, and Michael Dunn.

I would like to thank Andrzej Zaborski for his comments on an early version of the sections on Ethiosemitic, Aaron Rubin for his comments on an early draft of the section on Modern South Arabian, Peter Stein for corresponding with me on Ancient South Arabian, and Na’ama Pat-El for discussing negation in Semitic with me at an early stage of writing this book. I am very pleased to thank my colleagues and friends in Uppsala for their support at various stages of my studies, especially Sami Aydin, Emil Lundin, Mirjam Lindgren Hjälm, Stig Norin, and Fredrik Sixtensson.

Special thanks go also to two anonymous peer reviewers with Brill for plenty of suggestions for improvement, Jon Gartner for innumerable copy edits, and Maarten Frieswijk who edited this book for Brill.