Glossary of Linguistic Terms

Cataphora

Definition: 

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.

Examples: 

(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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