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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.
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1. (Grammar) of or relating to anaphora
2. (Rhetoric) of or relating to anaphora
ˌanaˈphorically adv
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(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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[ˌænəˈfɒrɪk] ADJanafórico
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tha.who us ki khala jan ki khak bi na###who refers to singular (Anaphorical
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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 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 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." He then attempts to define well-formedness conditions for anaphora in functional terms.
But the successful and powerful rhetor of the B.J.P., 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).