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1. The deliberate repetition of a word or phrase at the beginning of several successive verses, clauses, or paragraphs; for example, "We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills" (Winston S. Churchill).
2. Linguistics The use of a linguistic unit, such as a pronoun, to refer to the same person or object as another unit, usually a noun. The use of her to refer to the person named by Anne in the sentence Anne asked Edward to pass her the salt is an example of anaphora.

[Late Latin, from Greek, from anapherein, to bring back : ana-, ana- + pherein, to carry; see bher- in Indo-European roots.]

an′a·phor′ic (ăn′ə-fôr′ĭk) adj.


(ˌænəˈfɒrɪk) or


1. (Grammar) of or relating to anaphora
2. (Rhetoric) of or relating to anaphora
ˌanaˈphorically adv


(ˌæn əˈfɔr ɪk, -ˈfɒr-)

referring back to or substituting for a preceding word or group of words.
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Adj.1.anaphoric - relating to anaphora; "anaphoric reference"


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iss nay kuch adat hee rishta jor kisam###iss nay (subjective case, Anaphorical
I will begin by defining lexical anaphora and laying down some theoretical guidelines for dealing with the phenomenon, before looking more closely at the sort of problems such anaphorical items pose for translation.
The following texts provide topical illustration of both anaphorical strategies:
The narrator's anaphorical presentation of the word "somebody" in the description of Harriet's origins poignantly brings the instability of Emma's romantic assumption to a head: "Harriet Smith was the natural daughter of somebody.
This is also emphasized by the use of capital letters after the hypertrophied space, which, on a visual level, implies an anaphorical repetition of the word 'Something' (though this word is not, technically, found at the beginning of the line).
The third type of zero expression of argument is not anaphorical but cataphorical.
In short, the evidence here discussed points to two types of zero, no matter whether they are either anaphorical or cataphorical: when missing participants in the dependent construction are semantically determined by argument sharing relation with the matrix predicate, their expression by zero is obligatory; on the other hand, when missing participants are textually recoverable, the expression by zero is optional, being either overt or non-overt for reason of short-term information between speech act participants.
The anaphorical relation to Borges is threefold: narrator (the one), Borges (the other one), and the hidden author Borges who is the mind behind the mind of the narrator.
Dik (1997b: 215, chapter 10) rightly distinguishes between "the underlying anaphorical [sic] relation" and "its formal expression.
This construction introduces a new referent into the discourse, the princess, which will become the topic of the following sentences and will usually be referred to by anaphorical pronouns (she).
Sadhvi Rtambara, in applying additive and anaphorical devices, followed the same technique as the expounders of the Ram katha, described by Philip Lutgendorf in The Life of the Text (Berkeley, 1991), 183-87.
Hulsen stresses that this is not a return to the "naive" conception according to which anaphorical pronoun points out the objects referred to by the antecedent (which may be quite adequate for singular expressions).