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What is endophora?



Endophora is coreference of an expression with another expression either before it or after it. One expression provides the information necessary to interpret the other.


The endophoric relationship is often spoken of as one expression “referring to” another.

Examples (English)
  • A well-dressed man was speaking; he had a foreign accent.
  • If you need one, there’s a towel in the top drawer.
  Here are some kinds of endophora:
  Endophora is a kind of

Crystal 1985 109


Halliday and Hasan 1976 33

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