Glossary of Linguistic Terms

Cataphora

Cataphora

Cataphora is the coreference of one expression with another expression which follows it. The following expression provides the information necessary for interpretation of the preceding one.

This is often understood as an expression “referring” forward to another expression.

(English)

In the following sentence, the relationship of one to a towel is an example of cataphora:

  • If you need one, there’s a towel in the top drawer.
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Source: Halliday and Hasan 1976

Halliday, M. A. K., and Ruqaiya Hasan. 1976.Cohesion in English. London: Longman.

Page/s: 67
Source: Gutwinski 1976

Gutwinski, Waldemar. 1976.Cohesion in literary texts. The Hague: Mouton.

Page/s: 43
Source: Crystal 1985

Crystal, David. 1985.A dictionary of linguistics and phonetics. 2nd edition. New York: Basil Blackwell.

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