Term: Cataphora

Definition:

Words or phrases like pronouns are cataphora when they point forwards to something later on in the text:

As he was unaccustomed to it, Jake found the pressure very hard to deal with.

Here, it is cataphoric because it refers forwards to the noun pressure.


 

See Also: Anaphora; Deixis; Endophora; Exophora

Category: Functions & Text