M y initial acquaintance with Dan was at the University of California, Berkeley, where I studied as a graduate student under his supervision. He introduced me to the eld of spatial language and cognition, and we worked on several projects together, examining crosslinguistic variation in the expression of spatial motion. Dan has been a wonderful mentor and an insightful collaborator ever since. Looking back, I still miss all the stimulating conversations we had back at Berkeley, with the topics ranging from the (im)possibilities of encoding manner in verbframed languages, to reminiscences about life in İstanbul, Turkish music and politics. Dan has been a key gure in my intellectual development, and I feel very fortunate to have had the chance to be one of his doctoral students.