cataphora definition

  • noun:
    • the usage of a linguistic unit, such as for instance a pronoun, to mention ahead to some other device, for instance, making use of him to refer to John in the sentence Near him, John saw a snake.
    • the employment of a pronoun, or any other linguistic unit, ahead of the noun expression that it refers, often used for rhetorical effect.
    • In pathology, some sort of lethargy or somnolency attended with brief remissions or intervals of imperfect waking.

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