Definition of cataphora in English:

cataphora

Syllabification: ca·taph·o·ra
Pronunciation: /kəˈtafərə
 
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noun

Grammar
  • The use of a word or phrase that refers to or stands for a later word or phrase (e.g., the pronoun he in he may be 37, but Jeff behaves like a teenager). Compare with anaphora.
    More example sentences
    • The notion of cataphora that I have adopted is a broad one, which encompasses cataphores au sens large.
    • Cataphora is permitted in certain constructions involving subordinate clauses, although it is not in compound or paratactic ones
    • This kind of usage, common in journalism, is perfectly acceptable, despite the fact that inter-sentential cataphora is often ignored by grammarians.

Derivatives

cataphoric

Pronunciation: /ˌkatəˈfôrik/
adjective
More example sentences
  • Anaphoric and cataphoric ellipsis are types of textual ellipsis, where the recoverability of the full structure depends on what occurs before or after.
  • The strategy for pronoun resolution thus seems to be the same for anaphoric and for cataphoric pronouns.
  • In drama, such oblique or hidden cataphoric pointers to what is yet to come are usually called dramatic irony.

cataphorically

Pronunciation: /ˌkatəˈfôrik(ə)lē/
adverb
More example sentences
  • In English, interpersonal markers and discourse markers are employed both cataphorically and anaphorically, and more-fuzzy and less fuzzy hedges are generally employed anaphorically only.

Origin

1970s: from cata- on the pattern of anaphora.

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