Technical Reports (CIS)

Document Type

Technical Report

Date of this Version

March 1992


University of Pennsylvania Department of Computer and Information Science Technical Report No. MS-CIS-92-21.


In human discourse there is much that is communicated without being explicitly stated. The grammar of natural language provides a broad array of mechanisms for such implicit communication. One example of this is verb phrase ellipsis, in which a verb phrase is elided, its position marked only by an auxiliary verb. Such elliptical constructions are generally easily and unambiguously understood. In this proposal I will attempt to explain how this is accomplished.



Date Posted: 08 August 2007