Anissa Zaitsu

   MA Student
   Department of Linguistics
   UC Santa Cruz

  azaitsu [at] ucsc [dot] edu
    240 Stevenson College

       1156 High Street
    Santa Cruz, CA 95064


I am currently completing the MA portion of the BA/MA pathway. My research focuses primarily on syntax (how sentences are built), but my thesis work has led me to look beyond the combinatorial system and ask how meaning is composed from those parts (semantics). To do my thesis work, I draw many of my observations from corpora, which allow me to look at how certain kinds of sentence structures occur in natural discourse contexts, thus also leading me to ask questions related to pragmatic licensing of structure and interpretation. My advisor who has provided me with much guidance on this work is Jim McCloskey, with whom I also work as a member of the Santa Cruz Ellipsis Group.

It is on this project that I work as an annotator, with graduate students Mansi Desai and Lydia Werthen, to make publicly available a database of naturally occurring sluices. To learn more about the project, click here.