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What is homophora?

 

Definition
 

Homophora is reference that depends on cultural knowledge or other general knowledge, rather than on specific features of a particular context.

Examples (English)
 
  • The use of the President in the U.S.
  • The use of the sun
  • The use of the baby between parents to refer to their own baby
  • The use of bees to refer generically to the class of bees in Bees make honey
 
Source:

Halliday and Hasan 1976 71

Generic
  Homophora is a kind of
 
Sources
 

Gutwinski 1976 68

 

Halliday and Hasan 1976 71


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