Definition of cataphora in English:

cataphora

Line breaks: cat¦aph|ora
Pronunciation: /kəˈtaf(ə)rə
 
/

noun

[mass 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 approaching 37, but Jeff has no plans to retire from the sport yet). 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.

Origin

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

Derivatives

cataphoric

Pronunciation: /katəˈfɒrɪk/
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

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.

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