The Core and the Periphery

Data-Driven Perspectives on Syntax Inspired by Ivan A. Sag

Edited by Philip Hofmeister and Elisabeth Norcliffe

The Core and the Periphery

Edited by Philip Hofmeister and Elisabeth Norcliffe

Distributed for Center for the Study of Language and Information

288 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2013
Paper $30.00 ISBN: 9781575867212 Published April 2014
Cloth $65.00 ISBN: 9781575867205 Published January 2015
E-book $24.80 ISBN: 9781575867229 Published April 2014
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. Reflecting the breadth of Sag’s theoretical interests and approaches to linguistic problems, the papers collected here tackle a range of grammar-related issues using corpora, intuitions, and laboratory experiments. They are united by their use of and commitment to rich datasets and share the perspective that the best theories of grammar attempt to account for the full diversity and complexity of language data.


Revisiting Conditions on Predicate Anaphora

            Jason Merchant

1.  Exophoric VP Ellipsis

            Philip Miller and Geoffrey K. Pullum

Unification and Computational Linguistics on the West Coast

            Annie Zaenen and Lauri Karttunen

2.  A Corpus-driven Analysis of the Do-Be Construction

            Dan Flickinger and Thomas Wasow

Agreement Between Scylla and Charybdis

            Elizabeth Coppock

3  The Structure of Swedish Pancakes

            Stephen Wechsler

Handel, Liszt, and Minimal Recursion Semantics

            Dan Flickinger

4.  On Modeling Scope of Inflectional Negation

            Emily M. Bender and Alex Lascarides

Questions about Questions

            Jonathan Ginzburg

5.  French Questioning Declaratives in Question

            Anne Abeillé, Danièle Godard and Jean-Marie Marandin

Beyond the Core: The Road to SBCG

            Paul Kay

6.  Grammatical Alignments

            Rui P. Chaves

Down the Rabbit Hole

            Laura Staum Casasanto

7.  Does Resumption Facilitate Sentence Comprehension?

            Philip Hofmeister and Elisabeth Norcliffe

Digging Deeper: Experimental Methods in Syntactic Research

            Philip Hofmeister

8.  Wh-phrases in Sluicing: An Interaction of the Remnant and the Antecedent

            Joanna Nykiel

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