Definition of endophora in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɛnˈdɒfərə/


[mass noun] Linguistics
The set of relationships among words having the same reference within a text, contributing to textual cohesion; anaphora and cataphora. Compare with exophora.
Example sentences
  • Conversely, endophora, is the act of reference to some item from within the text itself.



Pronunciation: /ˌɛndəˈfɒrɪk/
Example sentences
  • Here, 'he' is endophoric because it refers forwards to the proper noun Harry and 'her' refers back to the noun boss.
  • The identification of endophoric references, and the previous information they had about the topic, helped them to manage the text structure successfully.


Late 20th century: from endo- 'within', on the pattern of anaphora.

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