The Core and the Periphery is a collection of papers inspired by the linguistics career of Ivan A. Sag (1949-2013), written to commemorate his many contributions to the field. Sag was professor of linguistics at Stanford University from 1979 to 2013; served as the director of the Symbolic Systems Program from 2005 to 2009; authored, co-authored, or edited fifteen volumes on linguistics; and was at the forefront of non-transformational approaches to syntax. The papers collected here tackle a range of grammar-related issues and share the perspective that the best theories of grammar attempt to account for the full diversity and complexity of language data.
Philip Hofmeister is a lecturer in the Department of Language and Linguistics at the University of Essex, UK. Elisabeth Norcliffe is a staff scientist in the Language and Cognition Department of the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, Germany.