Santa Cruz Ellipsis Consortium


About the Cluster

The Santa Cruz Ellipsis Consortium is a collaboration among faculty and students (undergraduate and graduate) in the language sciences at UCSC, whose purpose is to deepen understanding of one of the most pervasive and mysterious aspects of human language — that of ellipsis (in which large stretches of an utterance are reduced to silence but their meaning somehow communicated). The group’s principal current focus is on the development of a new research resource: a richly annotated database of naturally occuring instances of ellipsis, one which will be freely available to researchers around the globe who are trying to understand ellipsis and what its implications might be for our understanding of the nature of human language in general.