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Definition of the noun anaphor

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noun - plural: anaphors

  1. a word (such as a pronoun) used to avoid repetition; the referent of an anaphor is determined by its antecedent
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • more generic word: word = a unit of language that native speakers can identify

Alternative definition of the noun anaphor


  1. [linguistics] An expression refering to another expression. In stricter uses, an expression referring to something earlier in the discourse or, even more strictly, only reflexive and reciprocal pronouns.

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Google previewCorpus-based and Computational Approaches to Discourse Anaphora (2000)

by Simon Botley, Tony McEnery

The anaphor is the word or phrase which cannot be correctly interpreted without the identification of a second element — the antecedent. Such an element must be visible, accessible or somehow inferable from the information made available ...

Google previewDiscourse Processing (2012)

by Manfred Stede

An anaphor is a referring expression that cannot be interpreted without considering the discourse context; specifically, the anaphor amounts to a “search instruction” for finding another referring expression that makes the intended discourse ...

Google previewSyntactic Theory (2011)

by Geoffrey Poole

the minimal XP containing the anaphor and a governor for the anaphor is the NP picture of himself. Moving upward in search of a subject, the next category which we need to take a look at is the embedded IP Mary bought a ...

Google previewConcise Encyclopedia of Semantics (2010)

by Keith Allan

An anaphor is a feature representation of an NP which must be referentially dependent and which must be bound within an appropriately defined minimal syntactic domain; a pronominal is a feature representation of an NP which may be ...

Google previewThe MIT Encyclopedia of the Cognitive Sciences (2001)

by Robert Andrew Wilson, Frank C. Keil

the anaphor is the subject of the embedded predicate. The same contrast is found in many languages. (11) Mar, hoorde [zich/zichzelfj zingen] ( Dutch) (12) a. MaXj hoorde zichj. b. Mar, hoorde zichzelf;. (Max heard himself.) Reinhart ...

Google previewThe Oxford Dictionary of English Grammar (2014)

by Bas Aarts, Sylvia Chalker, Edmund Weiner

anaphor 26 2. Semantics. Designating a *proposition that is necessarily true by virtue of the meaning of the words contained in it, without reference to a particular situation or to particular circumstances, in contrast to *synthetic (2). For example ...

Google previewConcise Lexicon for Sign Linguistics (2016)

by Jan Nijen Twilhaar, Beppie van den Bogaerde

also Anaphor, Contraction, Ellipsis, Paraphrasis Cohesion This term is often used to refer to the defining property of words as grammatical units. Sometimes it is used to refer to the internal cohesiveness of constituents. In discourse, whether it ...

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Anaphor Meaning

Video shows what anaphor means. An expression referring to another expression. In stricter uses, an expression referring to something earlier in the discourse ...

Scrabble value of A1N1A1P3H4O1R1

The value of this 7-letter word is 12 points, but it's not an accepted word in the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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