Definition of cataphora in English:

cataphora

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 37, but Jeff behaves like a teenager)

    Compare with anaphora
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The notion of cataphora that I have adopted is a broad one, which encompasses cataphores au sens large.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation:

cataphora

/kəˈtaf(ə)rə/