From: Henrik Theiling <[log in to unmask]>
> Does any English dialect allow 'thats meaning' in the previous
> sentence for 'the meaning of that word'? I was searching for a
> distinction like German 'dessen Bedeutung' and 'seine Bedeutung'.
Not that I know of. English doesn't have very good materials available
for reference tracking beyond the inherited gender system in the pronouns.
I suppose the best we have is the rather clunky "the former" and "the
latter". Which of course doesn't mean that a future English couldn't
develop an obviation system :)
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