The zero element in relational network notation is represented by a small circle at the end of a line. Impulses moving to a zero element disappear; and an impulse may move from a zero element to the connecting line at any time.
In the diagram, four examples of the zero element occur.
- The leftmost zero element, below a downward OR node, indicates that instead of "always" or "often", there may be a null output.
- The next element shows that there could be "have-en" or nothing.
- The next element, above the downward AND node, shows the third of three possible outputs:
- be-ing-go-to followed by have-en.
- be-ing-go-to followed by nothing.
- Nothing at all.
- The rightmost zero element shows three possibilities: be-ing, be-able-to, or nothing.
- Lamb, Sydney M. 1966. Outline of Stratificational Grammar. Washington DC: Georgetown University Press.