What Is Ellipsis?
Ellipsis (etymologically from the ancient Greek word élleipsis, literally “omission”), is the omission of expected word(s) or short phrase that might be needed to complete a sentence, but not necessarily required to convey the sense. A successful occurrence of ellipsis usually necessitates the following:
- To achieve its purpose, ellipsis relies on cognizance of the audience; the reader or listener to consciously recognize and fills in the missing unit.
- Missing words may pose a little surprise; the after effect may be a moment of emphasis on the omission.
- With the missing words, a sense of brevity may be achieved with more verve and elegance
- Ellipsis is ignited as a result of a subsequent phrase borrowing a word from an earlier one. The effect of this can be to tie the two phrases together more closely and establish a stronger connection between them.
The ellipsis of the adjectives is also possible and can occur in the following patterns:
The repletion of the conjunction is called Polysyndeton; and the omission of it, is Asyndeton.