Meaning of cataphora in English:


Pronunciation /kəˈtaf(ə)rə/


mass nounGrammar
  • 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

    ‘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.’


1970s from cata- on the pattern of anaphora.